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Cecil: addendum

I’m afraid that I took a year off Cecil’s life, saying that he was 88 years old when he died. I’ve ascribed the birth date of 1930 to him as this was the date that several commentators have used - Cook/Morton, for example, in their Jazz Guide. The correspondence to the 88 keys was too good an opportunity to pass up, but having read Richard William’s blog, I now stand corrected.

Everything else stands. History has judged him as one of the true greats, up there with Armstrong, Parker and Ornette.

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