Re-listening to a lot of the free-jazz 'classics' and Unit Structures is by far the most difficult and challenging listen of them all IMO. There's just barely anything melodically to hold on to for the entire duration. Parts of it have more in common with 20th C modernism than jazz
Somehow I managed to miss hearing of his passing until just now. One of the real true geniuses of Avant-Garde and Free Jazz. Listening to him play, especially solo, is like being tuned in to a different wavelength and hearing transmissions from another dimension. So many fantastic albums to his credit and so much boundary destroying -- saying he "pushed" boundaries isn't enough -- music. Rest in peace, Cecil Taylor.
"Somebody told me that when Cecil was asked how he liked the way i played, he said, 'He plays all right for a millionaire.' Now, that's funny; until i heard that i didn't think he had a sense of humor." ---(from MILES DAVIS: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY)