BMI is saddened by the passing of iconic jazz pianist Cecil Taylor. Taylor, who was a master of the avant-garde, played with a raw energy so intensely precise it was unmatched in any genre. Having studied classical music at the New England Conservatory in the early 50s, Taylor honed his touch, and with a deep devotion to jazz, used both skills to expertly explore the full range of the keyboard with fluidity and fury. At just 27, his 1956 recording Jazz Advance earned the title of one of the most renowned of all jazz debuts, with the strength of his work continuing to flourish over the decades to create what is now his indelible legacy.
Cecil Taylor, who put all of his heart and soul into his music, will be remembered fondly by all of his fans at BMI for his timeless, and uniquely spontaneous, contributions to jazz.