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Cecil Taylor wins Kyoto prize medal for arts and philosophy

Cecil Taylor has been awarded the Kyoto Prize for Arts And Philosophy by Japanese organisation the Inamori Foundation, for being "an innovative jazz musician who has fully explored the possibilities of piano improvisation". Taylor will receive a diploma, a 20 carat gold Kyoto Prize medal, and prize money of 50 million yen (around £330,000). He will be presented with the award in Japan in November.