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Cecil Taylor Dies at 89

Piano titan pioneered the jazz avant-garde with an utterly unique sound, technique and approach to improvisation

Cecil Taylor: Words & Music, performance at Whitney Museum of American Art, April 23, 2016
Cecil Taylor gives his final public performance, at the Whitney Museum of American Art on April 23, 2016 (photo: Paula Court)

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Cecil Taylor, an iconoclastic, highly original pianist who was among the architects of free and avant-garde jazz, died Thursday evening at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. He had turned 89 on March 25.

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