Another Deserved Tribute for Cecil Taylor

Cecil Taylor, photo by Andy Newcombe
Photo by Andy Newcombe, CC2.0 license. Click for the original.

I’m nowhere near New York for tonight’s Cecil Taylor tribute, but seeing notices about it brings back warm memories of the Cecil tribute I did attend, in 2012.

Here’s the NY Times calendar blurb for tonight’s show:

Cecil Taylor: From the Five Spot to the World (Tuesday). At 86, the pianist Cecil Taylor is a matchless eminence in the jazz avant-garde, and a figure of increasingly rare public exposure. This gala concert, a benefit for Harlem Stage, will feature the pianists Jason Moran and Geri Allen, two of his many grateful heirs, with generous interpolations of poetry and dance. It also promises some form of performance by Mr. Taylor, whose most recent appearance in this setting, in 2012, was an illuminating triumph. At 7:30 p.m., Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue, at 135th Street, 212-281-9240, harlemstage.org.

That’s written by Nate Chinen, who, as I saw myself, did attend that “illuminating triumph” of a show. He produced a review more eloquent than mine, as well.