Cecil Taylor

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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 .
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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Blue Piano, Volume 2 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 One Night With Blue Note Preserved, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1988 Candid Jazz Various Artists 1
1989 Jazz-Club - Piano Various Artists 1
1991 Uncommon Expressions Various Artists 1
1997 The Instrumental History of Jazz Various Artists 1
1998 Visions of Jazz: The First Century Various Artists 1
1999 The Blue Note Years, Volume 5: The Avant Garde Various Artists 1
1999 100 Years of Jazz: From Ragtime to Avantgarde Various Artists 1
2000 Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music Various Artists 1
2001 A Blue Conception Various Artists 1
2003 Jazz History, Volume 3: Avant Garde 1963-1968 Various Artists 1
2004 Holy Ghost Albert Ayler 2
2006 Jazz Greats, The Essential Masterpieces Various Artists 1
2008 Frank Zappa's Jukebox - The Songs That Inspired The Man Various Artists 2
2009 The Norton Jazz Recordings Various Artists 1
2009 Histoire du piano jazz Various Artists 1
2010 The Jazz Masters Various Artists 2
2011 Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology Various Artists 1
2016 100 Hits: Jazz Various Artists 1
Jazz Styles: History and Analysis Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Straight Horn of Steve Lacy Steve Lacy 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2016 Celebrate Ornette Ornette Coleman 1

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