Cecil Taylor

1929 - 2018

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Cecil Percival Taylor (March 25, 1929 – April 5, 2018) was an American pianist and poet.Taylor was classically trained and was one of the pioneers of free jazz. His music is characterized by an energetic, physical approach, resulting in complex improvisation often involving tone clusters and intricate polyrhythms. His technique has been compared to percussion. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cecil Taylor has received more than 493,574 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Cecil Taylor is the 822nd most popular musician (down from 747th in 2019), the 4,106th most popular biography from United States (down from 3,620th in 2019) and the 290th most popular American Musician.

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  • 25

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  • 3.91

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  • 3.18

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Among musicians, Cecil Taylor ranks 822 out of 2,675Before him are Ivo Pogorelić, Hugh McDonald, Éric Serra, Tommy Thayer, Al Stewart, and Yiruma. After him are Snowy White, Arturo Sandoval, Kerry King, Fatboy Slim, Donald "Duck" Dunn, and Simon Le Bon.

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Among people born in 1929, Cecil Taylor ranks 233Before him are Jeremy Thorpe, Lolita Torres, Józef Glemp, Shakuntala Devi, Duje Bonačić, and Leila Abashidze. After him are Franca Rame, James R. Schlesinger, Don Murray, Liz Sheridan, Hugues Aufray, and Ruth Pfau. Among people deceased in 2018, Cecil Taylor ranks 185Before him are James Karen, John Mahoney, Robby Müller, Luigi Taveri, Nelson Pereira dos Santos, and Leila Abashidze. After him are Juraj Herz, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Otis Rush, Ramón Chao, Zhores Medvedev, and Phan Văn Khải.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Cecil Taylor ranks 4,106 out of 15,968Before him are Robert Lansing (1864), Cynthia Rhodes (1956), Murray Hamilton (1923), Vonda N. McIntyre (1948), Bruce Sterling (1954), and Raymond Smith Dugan (1878). After him are Frank Welker (1946), Cyrus McCormick (1809), Donny Hathaway (1945), Victoria Woodhull (1838), John Zerzan (1943), and Kerry King (1964).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Cecil Taylor ranks 290Before him are Earl Hines (1903), Dimebag Darrell (1966), Tommy Dorsey (1905), Kid Ory (1886), Hugh McDonald (1950), and Tommy Thayer (1960). After him are Kerry King (1964), Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941), Otis Rush (1934), Teddy Wilson (1912), Hank Jones (1918), and Chuck Schuldiner (1967).