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Cecil Taylor


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"Imagine the Sound"


Cecil Taylor is featured playing free jazz in-prov in an excerpt from Ron Mann's 1981 documentary "Imagine the Sound."

A piano student since the age of six Cecil Taylorand would go on to attend the New York College of Music and New England Conservatory.

After breaking away from his classical training to dabble in R&B and swing with small combos during the early '50s he formed his own group in 1956 featuring soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy and released their "Jazz Advance" LP.

The following year Taylor appeared on John Coltrane's album "Stereo Drive", reissued as "Coltrane Time."

Cecil's music continued to develop in complexity while establishing freedom from conventional forms as he rose to become a pioneering force in free jazz.

In the early '60s he began working with Jimmy Lyons, an alto saxophonist whose presence helped keep Taylor's wild avant-garde music relevant to the jazz audience.

During the 1970s Cecil Taylor started playing solo concerts, a number of which were released on album.

Also an accomplished poet he has been known to work a bit of verse into his performances.

Cecil Taylor celebrated his 85th birthday in 2014 at the "Celebrating Cecil" tribute concert held in his honor at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia.

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