American pianist Cecil Taylor died at age 89. The announcement was made by a close one, quoted by AFP. Taylor surprised the musical scene in 1956 with his debut album “Jazz Advance”.
Along with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor made the world known as “free jazz,” a musical style created in the late 1950s that freed improvisations from harmonic constraints, according to Agerpres. Unlike the legendary Coleman, dying in 2015, Taylor was a sometimes controversial musician, some of whom were less impressed with his brutal, almost wild, arrangements.
The pianist, however, had a top-ranked fan of President Jimmy Carter, who invited him to the White House in 1978 at a jazz festival.