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Tuesday, February 24th

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

—Muhammad Ali

Cecil Taylor Quintet (CT, piano; Harri Sjostrom, soprano saxophone; Tristan Honsinger, cello; Thurman Barker, marimba, percussion; Paul Lovens, drums), live, Germany (Hamburg), 1995

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art beat

William Klein (1928-), Blacks + Pepsi (AKA Moves + Pepsi)
Harlem, New York, 1955

Blacks + Pepsi, Harlem, 1955

Tuesday, March 25th

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


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


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


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musical thoughts

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

—Cecil Taylor

Tuesday, November 12th

Muhal Richard Abrams’ Experimental Band,* live, Austria (Saalfelden Jazz Festival), 2012

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musical thoughts

Music, like conversation, war, baseball, and sex, gives us a way to interact.

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random thoughts

Every year it comes as a surprise—first snow.

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*Muhal Richard Abrams, piano; Henry Threadgill, alto saxophone; Roscoe Mitchell, alto & soprano saxophone; Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet; Amina Claudine Myers, piano; George Lewis, trombone; Leonard Jones, bass; Thurman Barker, vibes, percussion; Reggie Nicholson, drums.

Thursday, June 27th

The improvising pianist Cecil Taylor, a pioneering, influential and highly experimental musician and a longtime Brooklyn resident, is one of this year’s recipients of the Kyoto Prize, awarded each year by the Inamori Foundation in Japan, the foundation announced on Friday. Mr. Taylor, 84, is this year’s laureate in the category of arts and philosophy; different fields across technology, science, art and philosophy are considered on a rotating basis, and there has been a recipient in music every four years. (The last musician laureate in 2009 was the conductor and composer Pierre Boulez.) The prize comes with a cash gift of 50 million yen (approximately $510,000), to be given at a ceremony in Kyoto in November. This year’s other laureates are the electronics engineer Dr. Robert H. Dennard and the evolutionary biologist Dr. Masatoshi Nei.

—Ben Ratliff, New York Times arts blog, 6/21/13

Cecil Taylor (1929-), piano

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

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Live (solo), Italy (Perugia), 2009

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Live (solo), Germany (Berlin), 1991 (The Tree of Life)

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musical thoughts: following yesterday’s post

With live music, you’ve got to be ready when it is. Last night, after looking forward to an evening of Ethiopian dance, of saxophones and drums, at the Hideout, I just wasn’t in the mood. Instead I listened, in my living room, to something else—Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G minor for solo violin, played by Nathan Milstein. On another night that would have seemed as foreign to me as this kinetic dance music did last night. But we can only hear with the ears we’ve got, which, like the rest of us, are ever changing, often in ways we neither anticipate nor understand.

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