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Jason Moran Honors Cecil Taylor

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Tuesday April 10, 2018

From WBGO

Illuminating Cecil Taylor with Pianist Jason Moran, on The Checkout
By: Simon Rentner

[…] Growing up in Houston, Moran got to know Taylor’s albums through his father’s record collection, where they occupied equal space next to Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. But Moran’s life changed after seeing Taylor in concert — on a blocked-off street in SoHo, with the Japanese modern dancer Min Tanaka.

This moment shattered all of Moran’s preconceived notions of being a jazz pianist. He quickly realized that Taylor’s language expanded far beyond that tradition, veering into the realm of conceptual and performance art. The experience motivated Moran to push his own boundaries as an artist, which indirectly inspired his radical and incredible collaborations with visual artists Joan Jonas and Adrian Piper.

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