December 2006

International House3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $20 General Admission
Saturday, November 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

Cecil Taylor

Cecil Taylor, piano

Few musicians have explored the full tonal range of a keyboard the way that Cecil Taylor (b. 1930) has. Since his quartet in the mid-1950s (which originally included Steve Lacy on soprano saxophone, bassist Buell Neidlinger, and drummer Dennis Charles), Taylor has been an uncompromising trail-blazer. His blending of jazz and modern classical sensibilities has transformed the jazz vocabulary, similar to the work of Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane, with whom he recorded Coltrane Time (Blue Note Records) in 1958. By 1962, Taylor was performing frequently with longtime associate Jimmy Lyons and Sunny Murray, with whom he recorded Nefertit, The Beautiful One Has Come at Cafe Montmartre, one of the greatest live recordings in jazz. The alumni from his ensembles also include jazz greats such as Archie Shepp, Roswell Rudd, Max Roach, Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley and Leroy Jenkins. In addition, he has collaborated with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and drummer Tony Williams. Even after 45 years as a recording artist he continues to create with astounding rigor. He was recently awarded the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master Award.