Taylor, Cecil (Percival)(1933– ) jazz musician; born in New York City. A conservatory-trained pianist, he emerged in 1955 as a bandleader with an uncompromising, abstract approach to jazz language and harmony. He worked sporadically until the 1970s, but eventually won recognition, particularly among Europeans, for his style of extended, nontonal free improvisation.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.