Cecil Taylor, unique and predominant, 80 years old

Cecil Taylor is the world's predominant pianist by virtue of his technique, concept and imagination, and one of 20th-21st Century music's magisterial modernists. A figure through whose challenges I investigate the avant garde in Miles Ornette Cecil -- Jazz Beyond Jazz, he turned 80 on March 25 (or maybe on the 15th), and tonight, Saturday, March 28, "Cecil Taylor Speaks Volumes" -- and presumably performs solo --  at Merkin Concert Hall.Taylor belongs to no school but his own yet has influenced and generated a legion of followers on piano and … [Read more...]