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“All at Full Fullness”: Remembering Cecil Taylor

Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, Matthew Shipp and Wadada Leo Smith pay tribute to an avant-jazz icon

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)

Cecil Taylor, who died last Thursday at the age of 89, invented a singular school of the jazz avant-garde that never wavered in its audacity, even as the pianist garnered cultural acceptance and institutional accolades over his marathon career. He also gained the respect and admiration of generations of musicians, who saw him as a model of artistic integrity and commitment. Collected here by Michael J. West are five of their testimonials.    

Steve Coleman
Steve Coleman (photo by Tracy Collins)

Steve Coleman
Cecil hired me for his big band around 1982. The thing that influenced me the most was the rehearsals. The performance is over in an hour or two, but Cecil was doing these six-hour rehearsals to get there.

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