Source: The Wire.
The first pianists who engaged in the avant garde jazz movement of the 1960s faced an overwhelming situation tied to two foundational figures of the music. On one hand, Ornette Coleman had set a standard for groups to dispense with the piano altogether. On the other, Cecil Taylor had carved a new path for the instrument, but one that led to his own, strongly individual music. During the music’s first decade, there were few pianists who found a space to develop an original voice between these two poles. Bobby Few, who died on 6 January 2021, was one of them.