Last night I improvised a profile of Cecil Taylor for BBC Newshour (June 21, “Severe Flooding in India“), on the announcement that the great pianist/composer/improviser has been honored with the prestigious, $500,000 Kyoto Award. My triptych Miles Ornette Cecil – Jazz Beyond Jazz, of course, includes a lot of my writing/thinking on Cecil — who I aver is and will be known widely for a long time by that one name alone — but I get fresh enthusiasm and ideas about music (not only his music, but certainly that) whenever I listen to or even just think about it.
I’m flattered to be on Newshour, which twice daily features breaking news and serious reportage about momentous international events (in this show, the catastrophic floods in India and non-stop violence in Dagestan). The hosts often do interviews that ask powerful people uncomfortable questions. More journalism like that!