Beloved Musician Dies at 89 Leaving Behind A Legacy That Changed The World

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April 06, 2018

Cecil Taylor was a beloved Jazz Icon, known as a pioneer of free jazz. For more than half a century, the pianist wooed listeners with his delightful sound, drawing the attention and love of everyone lucky enough to hear him play. Unfortunately, he has now passed away at 89 years old. He passed away on Thursday evening at his home in Brooklyn, New York at 89 years of age.

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His passions were not limited to piano however. His mother was a dancer who also played the violin and piano, and she passed her love for music down to him. In fact, he even composed and played the music for a 12-minute play in 1979.

Cecil is best known for his magnificent works such as Rick Kick Shaw, This Nearly Was Mine, I Love Paris, and Charge 'em Blues. 

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Cecil was born on March 25, 1929, and he grew up in Corona, Queens in New York City. His love affair with the piano began when he was only 6 years old, and his mother made him practice 6 days a week. He then went on to attend the New York College of Music and Boston’s New England Conservatory. Unfortunately, the New York College of Music has since been closed down, drawing an end to it's long and beautiful history.

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Cecil formed his very first band in 1956, using his classical piano knowledge to help move Jazz in a new direction. His musical style also led him to become an icon of the avant-garde movement, one of the most important movements in Jazz music today. Cecil's musical style is completely different from anyone who has come before him, or since. Without him, there's no knowing how Jazz would have progressed and what it would sound like today. Whatever the case may be, we're definitely glad that he was around to bring Jazz his distinct sound. 

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As news of his death spreads around the world, fellow musicians have begun to share some of their fondest memories about him, and what they really thought of his work. According to a former jazz critic for the New York Times, Ben Ratliff, Cecil was always ahead of his time. Rosewell Rudd, a trombonist, was honored to perform and record with Cecil in the early 1960’s, and said that if it wasn’t for Cecil, the music we have today would be nothing like it was.

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Cecil performed on stage for over 60 years, wowing crowds who were lucky enough to hear him perform. Watching him perform on stage was said to be a magnificent experience, full of life and excitement and one of the most magnificent things in the world. Cecil loved to leave the audience breathless whenever he performed, a habit he picked up after watching Billie Holiday perform when he was only 16 years old.

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Cecil will be sorely missed by everyone who loved him or his music. Please, keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as they face this trying time! Take a few moments to listen to one of his songs, perhaps even now his legacy can continue to grow and change the course of Jazz music for years to come.

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