Cecil Taylor was an American free jazz pianist. Born on March 25, 1929 in New York City, he became a pioneering figure in the world of avant-garde jazz. Known for his innovative and energetic playing style, Taylor pushed the boundaries of traditional jazz music with his complex compositions and improvisations. His unique approach to the piano earned him critical acclaim and numerous accolades throughout his career. Cecil Taylor passed away on April 5, 2018 in New York City, leaving behind a lasting legacy as one of the most influential figures in modern jazz.