Tuesday, March 25th

by musicclipoftheday

Happy (85th) Birthday, Cecil!

Cecil Taylor (March 25, 1929-), pianist, composer, MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, 2013 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Arts and Philosophy, etc.

Today, celebrating his musical life, we revisit three favorites.

Live, Germany (Nürnberg), 1984


Live (with Rashid Bakr, drums; Thurman Barker, marimba, miscellaneous percussion), 1995


Live (with Max Roach, drums), New York (Columbia University), 2000



musical thoughts

I try to imitate on the piano the leaps in space a dancer makes.

—Cecil Taylor