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Cecil Percival Taylor (March 25, 1929 – April 5, 2018) was an American pianist and poet. Classically trained, Taylor is generally acknowledged as having been one of the pioneers of free jazz. His music is characterized by an extremely energetic, physical approach, producing complex improvised sounds, frequently involving tone clusters and intricate polyrhythms. His piano technique has been likened to percussion, for example described as "eighty-eight tuned drums" (referring to the number of keys on a standard piano). He has also been described as "like Art Tatum with contemporary-classical leanings".

His composition Indent (1973) is on Thurston Moore's Top Ten Free Jazz Underground (1995).


Contents

Discography

As leader

Title Album detail
Additional information
Jazz Advance
At Newport
  • Release date: 1957
  • Label: Verve
with the Gigi Gryce-Donald Byrd Jazz Laboratory
Looking Ahead!
  • Release date: 1959
  • Label: Contemporary
Stereo Drive
  • Release date: 1959
  • Label: United Artists/Blue Note
also released as Hard Driving Jazz and Coltrane Time
Love for Sale
  • Release date: 1959
  • Label: United Artists
The World of Cecil Taylor
  • Release date: 1960
  • Label: Candid
Air
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: Candid
Cell Walk for Celeste
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: Candid
Jumpin' Punkins
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Candid
New York City R&B
  • Release date: 1961
  • Label: Candid/Columbia
with Buell Neidlinger
Nefertiti the Beautiful One Has Come
  • Release date: 1962
  • Label: Revenant
Unit Structures
  • Release date: 1966
  • Label: Blue Note
Conquistador!
  • Release date: 1966
  • Label: Blue Note
Student Studies, 1966 also released as The Great Paris Concert
Praxis, 1968
  • Release date: 1982
  • Label: Praxis
The Great Concert of Cecil Taylor, 1969 also released as Nuits de la Fondation Maeght
Indent, 1973
Akisakila, 1973
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: Trio
Solo, 1973
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: Trio
Spring of Two Blue J's, 1973
  • Release date: 1974
  • Label: Unit Core
Silent Tongues, 1974
  • Release date: 1974
  • Label: Freedom
Dark to Themselves, 1976
  • Release date: 1976
  • Label: Enja
Air Above Mountains, 1976
  • Release date: 1976
  • Label: Enja
Embraced, 1977
  • Release date: 1978
  • Label: Pablo Live
with Mary Lou Williams
Cecil Taylor Unit, 1978
  • Release date: 1978
  • Label: New World
3 Phasis, 1978
  • Release date: 1978
  • Label: New World
Live in the Black Forest, 1978
  • Release date: 1978
  • Label: MPS
One Too Many Salty Swift and Not Goodbye, 1978
  • Release date: 1980
  • Label: Hat Hut
Historic Concerts, 1979
  • Release date: 1985
  • Label: Soul Note
with Max Roach
It is in the Brewing Luminous, 1980
  • Release date: 1981
  • Label: Hat Hut
Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!, 1980
  • Release date: 1980
  • Label: MPS
The Eighth, 1981
  • Release date: 1986
  • Label: Hat Hut
Garden, 1981
  • Release date: 1982
  • Label: Hat Hut
Winged Serpent (Sliding Quadrants), 1984
  • Release date: 1985
  • Label: Soul Note
Iwontunwonsi, 1986
  • Release date: 1995
  • Label: Sound Hills
Amewa, 1986
  • Release date: 1995
  • Label: Sound Hills
For Olim, 1986
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Soul Note
Olu Iwa, 1986
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Soul Note
Live in Bologna, 1987
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Leo
Live in Vienna, 1987
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: Leo
Tzotzil/Mummers/Tzotzil, 1987
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: Leo
Chinampas, 1987
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Leo
Riobec, 1988
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: FMP
Cecil Taylor & Günter Sommer
In East Berlin, 1988
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: FMP
Regalia, 1988
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: FMP
Cecil Taylor & Paul Lovens
The Hearth, 1988
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: FMP
Alms/Tiergarten (Spree), 1988
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: FMP
Remembrance, 1988
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: FMP
Pleistozaen Mit Wasser, 1988
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: FMP
Spots, Circles, and Fantasy, 1988
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: FMP
Legba Crossing, 1988
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: FMP
Erzulie Maketh Scent, 1988
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: FMP
Leaf Palm Hand, 1988
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: FMP
In Florescence, 1989
  • Release date: 1990
  • Label: A&M
Looking (Berlin Version) Solo, 1989
  • Release date: 1990
  • Label: FMP
Looking (Berlin Version) The Feel Trio, 1989
  • Release date: 1990
  • Label: FMP
Looking (Berlin Version) Corona, 1989
  • Release date: 1991
  • Label: FMP
Celebrated Blazons, 1990
  • Release date: 1993
  • Label: FMP
2Ts for a Lovely T, 1990
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: Codanza Records
10 CD, Limited Edition
Double Holy House, 1990
  • Release date: 1993
  • Label: FMP
Nailed, 1990
  • Release date: 2000
  • Label: FMP
Melancholy, 1990
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: FMP
Cecil Taylor, Harri Sjöström, Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Wolfgang Fuchs
The Tree of Life, 1991
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: FMP
live piano solo
Always a Pleasure, 1993
  • Release date: 1996
  • Label: FMP
Almeda, 1996
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: FMP
Cecil Taylor, Harri Sjöström
The Light of Corona, 1996
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: FMP
Cecil Taylor, Harri Sjöström
Qu'a: Live at the Iridium, vol. 1 & 2, 1998 with Harri Sjöström
Algonquin, 1998
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Bridge
Great Performances From The Library Of Congress – Vol. 18
Momentum Space, 1998
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: Verve
with Dewey Redman & Elvin Jones
Incarnation, 1999
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: FMP
The Willisau Concert, 2000
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: Intakt
at the Jazzfestival Willisau
Complicité, 2000
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: Les Disques Victo
the 17th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (Québec, Canada)
The Owner of the River Bank, 2000
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: Enja
with the Italian Instabile Orchestra as part of the Talos Festival in Ruvo di Puglia (South Italy)
Taylor/Dixon/Oxley, 2002
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: Les Disques Victo
the 19th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
The Last Dance, 2009 with Dominic Duval

As sideman

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