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Cecil Taylor

I don’t think you really have a conception of being different
What you have a conception of is listening to all the people that you think are very marvellous and adapting to your own language some of the more precious things that you find them doing. You don’t really get any insight into how your music is different till you hear your first tape or your first recording. And when that happened to me then I understood why certain musicians, or at one point, why most musicians really shuddered when I walked into a room. But when I was about twenty years old Mr. Page [Hot Lips Page] said to me one time, “Son, I’m going to teach you how to play the blues.” And one can feel honoured that this man who has known so much music would take the time to say that that’s what he was going to do. So that was certainly one of my most memorable experiences.


Some Other Stuff
The World Of Cecil Taylor – Part One (1958-1962)
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