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Cecil Taylor, the heart and soul of the avant garde and one of the most ardently independent and iconoclastic musicians to survive the 20th century, has died at age 89. A man possessed of a singular and exclusive understanding of music as an art form, Taylor was a visionary and a prophet whose work has no superior, only equals with names like Ornette, Ayler, Trane, Sun Ra, to name a few. Not only was the man a personal idol of mine whose improvisations, for me, vibrated like waves in a puddle, with all of the vitality of life, he was also one of the few who stood tall as jazz, and New York, dissolved into irrelevancy. HIs loss may only sting a few now but in one hundred or one thousand or one million years whenever we get our heads out of our assess and decide to live in peace and harmony our future selves are gonna build monuments to this motherfucker, believe me.
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