Saturday, March 22, 2008

SIX HOURS OF CECIL

Posted By on Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Over at WHFR-FM (Henry Ford Community College's broadcast outlet at 89.3 and on the Web at whfr.fm), DJs Pat Frisco and Terrence Tyson are teaming up for a six-hour marathon of the music of pianist Cecil Taylor in honor of his 79th birthday. That's TUESDAY, MARCH 25, from 5-11 p.m.

More than half a century after his breakthrough, Taylor remains one of the most avant of the avant-garde. Six hours is and isn't a lot of Taylor's music, depending on how you look at it. Taylor's known for marathon performances that go seamlessly for an hour or more. If they wanted to, Frisco and Tyson could easily kill six hours in five cuts. But I'm sure they'll intersperse the shorter pieces as well and commentary to explain just who this cat is. They're also looking for Taylorites to share their "favorite Cecil Taylor memory and/or revelation, favorite recording, etc." for reading over the air. Send 'em to pfrisco@hotmail.com.

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