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Taylor has spent the better part of his 81 years blurring the lines in the jazz world between the musician and the teacher. In 1964, he started the Jazzmobile, a project where he basically dressed up a beer float that drove through Harlem and carried musicians who blew bebop at passersby.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.