Pioneering Free-Jazz Pianist Cecil Taylor Dies At Age 89

first_imgAvante-garde pianist and poet Cecil Taylor passed away at his Brooklyn, NY home on Thursday at the age of 89. His death was confirmed by his legal guardian, Adam Wilner. Frequently acknowledged as one of the pioneers of jazz, his often erratic, physically impassioned, sonically complex, and rhythmically layered approach to piano set him apart from many of the players of his time.Notes NPR, “Taylor’s legacy is his sound: He played the piano with a furious attack, using the entire range of the instrument to create a unique musical language. His approach inspired other musicians and he remained true to it, even though it meant a lifetime of financial struggles.”As New York Times jazz critic Ben Ratliff writes in his obituary for Taylor, “At the center of his art was that dazzling physicality and the percussiveness of his playing — his deep, serene, Ellingtonian chords and hummingbird attacks above middle C — which held true well into his 80s.”Ratliff previously summed up Taylor’s forward-thinking uniqueness to NPR, explaining:Cecil is of jazz, and also beyond it. … The thing that Cecil was doing in 1959 or whatever, the stuff that had basically a steady beat, but was pushing out on all sides with strange harmonies and strange dynamics — you know, we’re doing stuff now that’s more like that. And to think that at that point in the late ’50s, Cecil Taylor was just saying, ‘Yeah, this is the right way to play, this is the way to do it,’ is truly amazing.Below, you can listen to Taylor’s 1960 album, The World of Cecil Taylor, and get a taste of his famed improvisational abilities with a solo clip from 1981 free jazz documentary, Imagine the Sound:Cecil Taylor – The World of Cecil Taylor [1960][via avishv] Cecil Taylor – Free Improvisation #3[Video: VegetativeHorse][H/T NPR]last_img read more

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‘Hopefully great news’ – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang teases Arsenal fans ahead of contract announcement

first_imgThis isn’t the first time Aubameyang has teased his supporters, previously ‘liking’ a social media post begging him to sign and simply dropping an hour glass emoji on his Twitter page.New Gunners signing WIllian is also hoping the prolific striker will remain at the Emirates to help Mikel Arteta’s side challenge for the Premier League.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I joined Arsenal because we can challenge for titles but Pierre will be a big part of the plan,’ the Brazilian told SunSport. ‘He has to stay – it is very important to me. This is a guy who gets 25-30 goals a season and we have to keep a player like that.‘He’s one of the best players in our team and somebody I want to be making chances for.’MORE: Arsenal or Napoli? Lille president confirms club have recommended next move to GabrielMORE: Philippe Coutinho ‘hasn’t thought about’ future amid Arsenal transfer linksFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Comment AUBA: “Guys have a good night, enjoy and hopefully great news for everybody” 👀👀👀 📝⌛️……. pic.twitter.com/KNnzW9n2EE— afcserge (@afcserge2) August 20, 2020 Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img ‘Hopefully great news’ – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang teases Arsenal fans ahead of contract announcement Aubameyang’s future has been the subject of speculation (Picture: Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once again has Arsenal fans on the edge of their seats over his contract situation, insisting that ‘hopefully great news for everybody’ is around the corner.The Gabon international once again proved his worth as one of the Gunners’ most vital players, winning Arsenal’s Player of the Season award for his 27 goals across all competitions.However, the 31-year-old’s contract has less than 12 months remaining, prompting widespread speculation that he could be sold this summer.Aubameyang is reportedly ‘extremely close’ to committing his future to the club with a long-term deal, and has done little to temper Arsenal fans’ excitement over that prospect.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIn an Instagram Live session with his brother, Willy, the forward said: ‘Guys, have a good night, enjoy and hopefully great news for everybody.’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Aug 2020 7:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.6kShareslast_img read more

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Jerry West calls Clippers meeting ‘very intriguing’

first_imgThe possibility that Lakers legend Jerry West may soon be involved with the Clippers continued to gain steam Thursday when West described his recent meeting with the organization as “very intriguing” and said “Steve Ballmer is going to be a sensational owner.”However, West, who will be an octogenarian by next year’s playoffs, otherwise left his future open-ended during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show.“I’m 79 years old,” West said. “I know how much I value the game of basketball. I know what it’s done for me. I’m still very competitive. I’m just not sure anywhere is a good fit for me.”Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Clippers were interested in bring West on in an advisory role similar to his job as an executive board member with the Warriors, a position he has held since 2011. West continues to live in Los Angeles and commutes to the Bay Area when necessary. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWest, who has long eschewed celebrity and lamented his inability to keep a low profile, said he was focused on finishing this season with the Warriors before turning his attention elsewhere. His contract with the Warriors is set to expire in July.“I don’t like it’s gotten in the newspaper,” West said, “and particularly I don’t like it because we’re playing in the Finals. It shouldn’t be a distraction. I don’t think it will be by the way. I’m more concerned about going up to Oakland tonight to watch the Warriors play and hopefully win this game tonight. Then all the other noise that’s out there about me possibly coming down here, I just don’t want to talk about it anymore to be honest with you.”West was interested in rejoining the Lakers before Jeanie Buss hired Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka earlier this spring, a fact he alluded to in his interview with Patrick.“Sometimes I thought in my life that might be something that I can revisit,” he said, “or they would want me to revisit. But that didn’t happen. At times — I wouldn’t say I was disappointed – but it kind of sent me a message. They wanted to go elsewhere, which is fine. To say I wouldn’t have ended my career there, that wouldn’t necessarily be true either.”Now the Clippers have emerged as the most likely landing spot for West, a man who outside the Clippers’ home arena is honored with a statue – an homage to West in a Lakers jersey.last_img read more

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