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Cecil Taylor

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: March 25, 1929    

”One of my wishes has been realized. I found love. It was difficult, but I found it. Because when Billy Holiday sang, “You don‘t know what love is,” great singers will tell you… it‘s a partnership. It‘s a sharing”....---Cecil Taylor November 10, 2010

“Practice, to be studious at the instrument, as well as looking at a bridge, or dancing, or writing a poem, or reading, or attempting to make your home more beautiful. What goes into an improvisation is what goes into one's preparation, then allowing the prepared senses to execute at the highest level devoid of psychological or logical interference. You ask, without logic, where does the form come from? It seems something that may be forgotten is that as we begin our day and proceed through it there is a form in existence that we create out of, that the day and night itself is for. And what we choose to vary in the daily routine provides in itself the fresh building blocks to construct a living form which is easily translated into a specific act of making a musical composition.” - Cecil Taylor...
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Awards

MacArthur Foundation Genious Fellowship in 1991, Doctor Honoris Causa Columbia University, Doctor Honoris Causa New England Conservatory
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    Seven Classic Albums

    FMP
    2013
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    Almeda (To Matie)

    FMP
    2012
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    FLY! FLY! FLY! FLY! FLY!

    Promising Music/MPS
    2012
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    Ailanthus / Altissima: Bilateral Dimensions Of 2 Root Songs

    FMP
    2010
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    Three Classic Albums

    FMP
    2010
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    The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note

    FMP
    2010
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    CT: The Dance Project

    FMP Records
    2009
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