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New Left Review I/23, January-February 1964

Alan Beckett

Cecil Taylor

Pianist Cecil Taylor was born in New York City in 1933 and has lived there ever since. His urban life seems to have been important in the development of his musical aesthetic. ‘What makes jazz unique’, he has said, ‘is the compression of energy into a short period of time and that, in turn, is a reflection of what the machine has done to our lives in metropolitan areas of America.’

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