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Andrew Cyrille

Andrew Cyrille

born on 11/11/1939 in Bronx, NY, United States

Andrew Cyrille

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Andrew Charles Cyrille (born November 10, 1939) 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.

Life and career

Cyrille was born on November 10, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York into a Haitian family.[1] 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.[2] His first drum teachers were fellow Brooklyn-based drummers Willie Jones and Lenny McBrowne; through them, Cyrille met Max Roach. Nonetheless, Cyrille became a disciple of Philly Joe Jones, who in some performances such as Time Waits used Cyrille's drum kit.[1]

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

He joined the Cecil Taylor unit in 1964, and stayed for about 10 years, eventually performing drum duos with Milford Graves. In addition to recording as a bandleader, he has recorded and/or performed with musicians such as David Murray, Irène Schweizer, Marilyn Crispell, Carla Bley, Butch Morris and Reggie Workman among others. Cyrille is currently a member of the group, Trio 3, with Oliver Lake and Reggie Workman.


As leader

  • What About? (BYG Actuel, 1971)
  • Dialog of the Drums (IPS) with Milford Graves
  • Junction (Whynot, 1976)
  • Metamusicians' Stomp (Black Saint, 1978)
  • Nuba (Black Saint, 1979)
  • Special People (Soul Note, 1980)
  • The Navigator (Soul Note, 1982)
  • Irène Schweizer/Andrew Cyrille (Intakt, 1988)
  • Something in Return (Black Saint, 1991)
  • My Friend Louis (DIW/Columbia, 1992)
  • X Man (Soul Note, 1993) with James Newton, Anthony Cox)
  • Ode To The Living Tree (Evidence, 1997)
  • Good to Go, with a Tribute to Bu (Soul Note) with James Newton, Lisle Atkinson
  • Route de Frères (TUM, 2011)
  • The Declaration Of Musical Independence (ECM, 2016)
  • Lebroba (ECM, 2018)

As sideman

With Geri Allen

  • The Printmakers (Minor Music, 1985)

With Ahmed Abdul-Malik

  • The Music of Ahmed Abdul-Malik (New Jazz, 1961)
  • Sounds of Africa (New Jazz, 1961)

With Billy Bang

  • A Tribute to Stuff Smith (Soul Note, 1992)

With Bill Barron

  • Hot Line (Savoy, 1962 [1964])

With Carla Bley

  • European Tour 1977 (ECM, 1978)

With Jean-Paul Bourelly

  • Jungle Cowboy (JMT, 1987)

With Charles Brackeen

  • Attainment (Silkheart, 1987)
  • Worshippers Come Nigh (Silkheart, 1987)

With Anthony Braxton

  • Eight (+3) Tristano Compositions, 1989: For Warne Marsh (hatArt, 1989)

With Marion Brown

  • Afternoon of a Georgia Faun (ECM, 1970)

With Dave Burrell

  • Daybreak (Gazell, 1989)

With John Carter

  • Castles of Ghana (Gramavision, 1985)
  • Dance of the Love Ghosts (Gramavision, 1986)
  • Fields (Gramavision, 1988)
  • Comin' On (hat Art, 1988)
  • Shadows on a Wall (Gramavision, 1989)

With Walt Dickerson

  • This Is Walt Dickerson! (New Jazz, 1961)
  • Relativity (New Jazz, 1962)
  • To My Queen (New Jazz, 1962)
  • Jazz Impressions of Lawrence of Arabia (Dauntless, 1963)
  • Walt Dickerson Plays Unity (Audio Fidelity, 1964)
  • Tell Us Only the Beautiful Things (Whynot, 1975)
  • Peace (SteepleChase,1976)
  • Life Rays (Soul Note, 1982)

With Charlie Haden

  • Liberation Music Orchestra (Impulse, 1969)

With Coleman Hawkins

  • The Hawk Relaxes (Moodsville, 1961)

With Jazz Composer's Orchestra

  • The Jazz Composer's Orchestra (ECM, 1968)

With Leroy Jenkins

  • The Legend of Ai Glatson (Black Saint, 1978)

With Oliver Lake

  • Otherside (Gramavision, 1988)
  • Edge-ing (Black Saint, 1993)
  • Live in Willisau (Dizim, 1997)
  • Encounter (Passin' Thru, 2000)
  • Open Ideas (Palmetto, 2002)
  • Time Being (Intakt, 2006)
  • At This Time (Intakt, 2009)
  • Refraction – Breakin' Glass (Intakt, 2013)
  • Wiring (Intakt, 2014)

With David Murray

  • David Murray/James Newton Quintet (DIW, 1991)

With Horace Tapscott

  • The Dark Tree (hat Art, 1989)
  • Aiee! The Phantom (Arabesque, 1996)

With Cecil Taylor

  • Unit Structures (Blue Note, 1966)
  • Conquistador! (Blue Note, 1966)
  • Student Studies (BYG Actuel, 1966)
  • The Great Concert of Cecil Taylor (1969)
  • Cecil Taylor Quartet in Europe (Jazz Connoisseur, 1969)
  • Akisakila (Trio (Japan), 1973)
  • Spring of Two Blue J's (Unit Core, 1973)
  • Incarnation (FMP, 1999)

With Bob Thiele Collective

  • Sunrise Sunset (1990)


  1. ^ a b Patmos, Michael (February 1, 2014). "Andrew Cyrille: Drum Dialogue" (PDF). Modern Drummer: 54–59. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Bob Young and Al Stankus (1992). Jazz Cooks. Stewart Tabori and Chang. pp. 92–93. ISBN 1-55670-192-6.
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