I listen to a very broad range of music.
There is some music that I don’t enjoy, but I understand it.
Opera and Ornette Coleman, for example.
There is some music that I enjoy, but don’t totally understand it.
Some Thelonious Monk and later era John Coltrane, for example.
Then there is Cecil Taylor.
I’ve been trying to get a grasp on his music since the '60s album Unit Structures.
Occasionally, I will revisit him to see if I have “grown” enough to understand him.
I did this again yesterday. I watched a couple of clips on YouTube, including one where he speaks and sounds either profound, or profoundly stoned.
I must report that I am as baffled as ever.
For me he is the Jackson Pollock of music. That is, he has a solid reputation among his peers, but, personally, I’m still undecided whether he is a genius, or a gifted con artist.
So, if anyone out there “gets” Cecil Taylor, I would appreciate if you could attempt
to explain his music in any terms you choose (aesthetic, harmonic, any way at all).