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Cecil Taylor
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Background information
Birth name Cecil Percival Taylor
Born (1929-03-25)March 25, 1929
Queens, New York City, U.S.
Died April 5, 2018(2018-04-05) (aged 89)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Genres Jazz, avant-garde jazz, free jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, bandleader, composer, poet
Instruments Piano
Years active 1956–2018
Labels Transition, Blue Note, Freedom, Hathut, Enja, FMP
Associated acts Steve Lacy, Jimmy Lyons, Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler, Buell Neidlinger, Alan Silva, William Parker, Sunny Murray, Andrew Cyrille, Tony Oxley, Anthony Braxton, Alan Silva, Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Coltrane

Cecil Percival Taylor (March 25, 1929 – April 5, 2018) was an American pianist and poet.

Taylor was known as having been one of the pioneers of free jazz. His music is characterized as energetic, physical approach, producing complex improvised sounds. His piano technique has been likened to percussion, for example described as "eighty-eight tuned drums" (referring to the number of keys on a standard piano).

Taylor died at his Brooklyn, New York home on April 5, 2018 at the age of 89.

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