Andrew Cyrille

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Andrew Cyrille
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Background information
Birth nameAndrew Charles Cyrille
Born (1939-11-10) November 10, 1939 (age 83)
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz, avant-garde jazz, post-bop
Occupation(s)Musician, bandleader
Instrument(s) Drums
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Andrew Cyrille

Andrew Charles Cyrille (born November 10, 1939) [1] is an American avant-garde jazz drummer. Throughout his career, he has performed both as a leader and a sideman in the bands of Walt Dickerson and Cecil Taylor, among others. AllMusic biographer Chris Kelsey wrote: "Few free-jazz drummers play with a tenth of Cyrille's grace and authority. His energy is unflagging, his power absolute, tempered only by an ever-present sense of propriety." [2]

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Life and career

Cyrille was born in Brooklyn, New York, United States, [3] into a Haitian family. [4] [5] He began studying science at St. John's University, but was already playing jazz in the evenings and switched his studies to the Juilliard School. [6] His first drum teachers were fellow Brooklyn-based drummers Willie Jones and Lenny McBrowne; [7] through them, Cyrille met Max Roach. [7] Nonetheless, Cyrille became a disciple of Philly Joe Jones. [4] [7]

His first professional engagement was as an accompanist of singer Nellie Lutcher, [3] and he had an early recording session with Coleman Hawkins. [8] Trumpeter Ted Curson introduced him to pianist Cecil Taylor when Cyrille was 18. [8]

He joined the Cecil Taylor unit in 1965, and worked with Taylor over a period of 15 years. [3] He later formed a musical partnership with Milford Graves, and the two recorded a drum duet album in 1974. [9] In addition to recording as a bandleader, he has recorded and/or performed with musicians including David Murray, Irène Schweizer, Marilyn Crispell, Carla Bley, Butch Morris and Reggie Workman. [10] [11] Cyrille was a member of the group, Trio 3, with Oliver Lake and Reggie Workman. [12]

Discography

As leader or co-leader

With Trio 3

As sideman

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References

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  2. Kelsey, Chris. "Andrew Cyrille: Biography". AllMusic.com. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
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