Visceral and Cathartic Joy: an appreciation of Cecil Taylor
Paying tribute to Cecil Taylor in Point of Departure:
One of the most important figures in American creative music, Muhal Richard Abrams, died peacefully at home last Sunday, at the age of eighty-seven. “Pianist/composer” will be the description most commonly ascribed to him, but Abrams was so much more: organizer, philosopher, visionary, motivator, teacher, and always, learner. His innovation was not about developing a specific sound or style but in cultivating a certain kind of creative ethos that nurtured and launched some of the most extraordinary music and musicians of the past fifty years.