Cecil Taylor

~ Person


Mr Cecil Percival Taylor is one of the few legends of free jazz, arguably one of the major musicians of the second half of the 20th century, although his music is often considered hard to understand (some even say hard to hear).
A master pianist, he began his career in the mid 50's, at that time already an adventurous post-bop pianist, still somewhat under Monk's influence.
In a few major steps, from Jazz Advance to Love for Sale, to the Candid sessions that redefined the meaning of looking ahead, he developped an entirely unique approach of piano play, ultimately recording two Blue Note sessions (Conquistador and Unit Structures) that would establish him as one of the most radical, controversial and enraged cat of the "new" wave known as Free Jazz.
From then on he pursued goals he and his Unit only were able to reach, recording an impressive amount of material and featuring in incredible live sessions. He also recorded duets with both Mary Lou Williams (Embraced) and Max Roach (Historic Concerts).
Although nearly 80 years old now, Mr Taylor is still touring, with the very same unaltered energy and unique volubility.

Annotation last modified on 2006-05-22 00:01 UTC.

Legal name: Cecil Percival Taylor



1972Fondation Maeght Nights, Volume 3Cecil Taylor1
1982Garden 1Cecil Taylor2
1998The Tree of LifeCecil Taylor1
2006The EighthCecil Taylor1


1956Jazz AdvanceCecil Taylor43
1960The World Of Cecil TaylorCecil Taylor1
1962Nefertiti, The Beautiful One Has ComeCecil Taylor5
1966Unit StructuresCecil Taylor4.55
1967Conquistador!Cecil Taylor35
1971Fondation Maeght Nights - Volume 1Cecil Taylor3
1971Nuits De La Fondation MaeghtCecil Taylor1
1972New York City R&BCecil Taylor, Buell Neidlinger2
1973Student StudiesCecil Taylor2
1973SoloCecil Taylor1
1978EmbracedMary Lou Williams & Cecil Taylor2
1978The Cecil Taylor UnitCecil Taylor4.52
1981Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!Cecil Taylor2
1982PraxisCecil Taylor1
1984Historic ConcertsMax Roach and Cecil Taylor1
1986Jumpin’ PunkinsCecil Taylor1
1987ChinampasCecil Taylor1
1987For OlimCecil Taylor1
1988Cell Walk for CelesteCecil Taylor1
1989Erzulie Maketh ScentCecil Taylor1
1989In East-BerlinCecil Taylor1
1989It Is In The Brewing LuminousCecil Taylor1
1989Legba CrossingCecil Taylor1
1989Leaf Palm HandCecil Taylor1
1989Pleistozaen Mit WasserCecil Taylor & Derek Bailey1
1989Spots, Circles, and FantasyCecil Taylor1
1990AirCecil Taylor1
1990In FlorescenceCecil Taylor2
1991Dreaming of the Masters, Volume 2: Thelonious Sphere MonkArt Ensemble of Chicago with Cecil Taylor4
1994Live At The Cafe MontmartreCecil Taylor1
1994Olu IwaCecil Taylor1
1995The Great Paris ConcertCecil Taylor1
19963 PhasisCecil Taylor1
1996TranceCecil Taylor1
1998Love for SaleCecil Taylor2
1999Momentum SpaceDewey Redman, Cecil Taylor & Elvin Jones3
2001The World of Cecil TaylorCecil Taylor1
2002Cecil Taylor / Bill Dixon / Tony OxleyCecil Taylor / Bill Dixon / Tony Oxley1
2002The Willisau ConcertCecil Taylor51
2009Piano Solo at Town Hall 1971Cecil Taylor1
2010The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul NoteCecil Taylor1
2017CT: The Dance ProjectCecil Taylor, William Parker, Masashi Harada1
2020Birdland, Neuburg 2011Cecil Taylor & Tony Oxley1
2021Music From Two Continents (Live At Jazz Jamboree '84)Cecil Taylor1
Port Of CallCecil Taylor1

Album + Compilation

1975In TransitionCecil Taylor1
1977The Great Concert of Cecil TaylorCecil Taylor1
1983Marty's GarageBuell Neidlinger, Marty Krystall, Archie Shepp, Glenn Ferris, Billy Elgart, Don Preston, Deborah Fuss, Dennis Charles, Cecil Taylor1
1989The Complete Candid Recordings of Cecil Taylor and Buell NeidlingerCecil Taylor1
2014The Complete Collection 1956-1962Cecil Taylor1
2016The Complete Nat Hentoff SessionsCecil Taylor1

Album + Live

1963Live at the Cafe MontmartreCecil Taylor52
1971Nuits De La Fondation Maeght - 29 Juillet 69Cecil Taylor1
1975Silent TonguesCecil Taylor53
1977IndentCecil Taylor42
1977Nachricht vom LandeFriedrich Gulda, Ursula Anders, Barre Phillips, John Surman, Cecil Taylor, Stu Martin, Albert Mangelsdorff1
1979Live in the Black ForestCecil Taylor31
1982Garden 2Cecil Taylor1
1984Historic Concerts: McMillin Theatre, Columbia U., New York, December 15, 1979Max Roach and Cecil Taylor2
1989Alms / Tiergarten (Spree)Cecil Taylor European Orchestra1
1989RiobecCecil Taylor & Günter Sommer1
1989RegaliaCecil Taylor & Paul Lovens1
1989RemembranceCecil Taylor & Louis Moholo1
1989The HearthCecil Taylor with Tristan Honsinger & Evan Parker1
1990Looking (Berlin version) SoloCecil Taylor1
1993Double Holy HouseCecil Taylor1
1994Tzotzil / Mummers / TzotzilCecil Taylor1
2000NailedCT: The Quartet1
2001ComplicitéCecil Taylor1
2002At NewportCecil Taylor / Donald Byrd & Gigi Gryce1
2003The Owner Of The River BankCecil Taylor & Italian Instabile Orchestra1
2004AlmedaCecil Taylor, The Ensemble1
2004All The NotesCecil Taylor1
2018PoschiavoCecil Taylor2
2022The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert at The Town Hall NYC November 4, 1973Cecil Taylor1
Air Above MountainsCecil Taylor41

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