Pianist Cecil Taylor is one of the founders of free jazz. TheAmerican, who has now reached the respectable age of 80, is stillan innovator in the world of jazz and he never turns to standards.Taylor learned to play the piano when he was six and refined histechnique at the New York College of Music. Although Duke Ellingtonwas one of his greatest sources of inspiration, Taylor developed anentirely personal and rhythmical style of playing. Over the years,the New Yorker's work has thus remained highly individualistic,progressive and surprising and has earned him a faithful band offans. That Taylor is a free spirit is also demonstrated by the factthat apart from being a phenomenal pianist he is also a respectedpoet. The 'elderly' piano legend still refuses to rest on hislaurels and he continues to seek to expand the horizons of jazzmusic. This makes him a model for the younger generation ofmusicians and an audience favorite with those who are fans ofprogressive, uncompromising free jazz.