Cecil Taylor - mid 20th Century

from The Great Jazz Pianists: Speaking of Their Lives and Music, page 305:

I once went to meet Lennie and went through a lot of nonsense just to get in to see him. What did you learn from him? I remember playing left-hand chords to "You Go to May Head," trying to get a countermelody going with the thump of my left hand. He had asked me to learn the song from Billie Holiday's recording of it. At one point my countermelody didn't work with the right-hand melody, and Lennie was quick to point out that it was wrong.
cite as

Len Lyons, The Great Jazz Pianists: Speaking of Their Lives and Music (New York, ), p. 305. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1431352137265 accessed: 19 October, 2021


Cecil Taylor
Composer, Pianist

Listening to

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You Go to May Head performed by Billie Holiday

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 20th Century
Medium playback
Listening Environment indoors

Originally submitted by Gill on Mon, 11 May 2015 14:48:57 +0100
Approved on Sat, 26 Sep 2015 15:00:31 +0100