Cecil Taylor

Born: 
03/15/1929
City: 
NYC
Region: 
New York
Country: 
USA
Years Active: 
1950's-present
Genre(s): 
Instruments: 
Piano

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Cecil Percival Taylor is an American pianist and poet. Classically trained, Taylor is generally acknowledged as one of the pioneers of free jazz. His music is characterized by an extremely energetic, physical approach, producing complex improvised sounds, frequently involving tone clusters and intricate polyrhythms. His piano technique has been likened to percussion and described as "eighty-eight tuned drums".