Sunday, June 11, 2006

Jazz Advance

'I try to imitate on the piano the leaps in space a dancer makes.' (Cecil Taylor)

'Sometimes when it goes really well, you wonder, "who's that at the piano?"' (Cecil Taylor)

'Rhythm is the life of space of time danced through.' (Cecil Taylor)

'To feel is perhaps the most terrifying thing in this society.' (Cecil Taylor)

'The most formidable pianism these ears have heard: This is the great divine of American piano playing.' (Glenn Gould)

'His talk is fast and his thoughts clearly faster; many of his segues are, to the listener, just a matter of trust. He recalled the composer Iannis Xenakis saying that it would take him six months to figure out a 30-minute Cecil Taylor piece.' (Kurt Gottschalk)

'That man is capable of playing ten different notes with ten different fingers, ten different dynamics, ten different attacks and ten different tempi. There is no musician I've ever met, including Igor Stravinsky and Pierre Boulez, who comes anywhere near having the abilities that Cecil Taylor has.' (Buell Neidlinger)

'Who's that motherfucker? He can't play shit!' (Miles Davis)