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Soren Kjaergaard / Ben Street / Andrew Cyrille: Syvmileskridt

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The relationship between stillness and movement is something that has occupied pianist Søren Kjærgaard for a long time and with bassist Ben Street and drummer Andrew Cyrille, Kjærgaard has found the perfect vehicle to explore the essence of musical creation. Syvmileskridt is the fourth album from the trio. Each musician is a master in his own right, but individual excess isn't the point in this group that shuns the trite formula of head-solo-head. Instead, the virtuosity of the trio is used to approach a completely organic ideal where the textures of the instruments are clear and distinct ...

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Andrew Cyrille / Haitian Fascination: Route de Freres

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To experience ecstasy without the memory of it would certainly be a travesty. Fortunately, it may now be possible to have both--to have the near-perfect memory of being in the throes of ecstasy--and it is all because of the music on Route de Frères by Andrew Cyrille and Haitian Fascination. More specifically, it is because of the character of “Jean" in the miraculous little Vodou piece which opens the album. It is the relentless and remarkable tapping of percussionists Frisner Augustin and the great Andrew Cyrille that creates a completely out-of-body experience, as if it was part of the Vodou ...

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Soren Kjaergaard / Ben Street / Andrew Cyrille: Femklang

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In his liner notes to the seminal Kind of Blue (Columbia, 1959), pianist Bill Evans wrote eloquently about the link between Japanese visual art and improvisation, using the description of the technique of minimalistic painting as an analogy to the process of musical creation. Evans emphasized the need for an uninterrupted and natural approach to music making, eschewing elaborate artistic planning in favor of an approach which would allow the music to blossom in the moment while, at the same time, capturing a sense of something “that escapes explanation." Listening to Danish pianist Søren Kjærgaard and his ...

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Andrew Cyrille & Haitian Fascination: Route de Freres

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Defying preconceived notions, a band featuring two highly persuasive advocates of the free and the near-free has produced a record of warm and winning world music potent enough to lift the spirit in the depths of winter. The band is named Haitian Fascination for a very good reason. Not only is drummer Andrew Cyrille the son of a Haitian mother, he's always been a player able to light fires under anything. On this occasion his rhythmic vitality is understandably to the fore on “Route de Freres, Part 1--Hills of Anjubeau," where Hamiet Bluiett issues a reminder of ...

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Andrew Cyrille / Haitian Fascination: Route de Freres

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Despite all of the cross fertilization that's taken place over the decades between the US and the various island nations of the Caribbean, it could be argued that the jazz world hasn't really dealt with the music of Haiti in any fundamental way. Andrew Cyrille--who's drawn on his Haitian heritage throughout his career as a solo artist and drummer for the likes of Cecil Taylor, David Murray, and John Carter--blends Haitian rhythms with jazz improvisation on Route de Freres. Though Cyrille's deep understanding of both musical traditions goes a long way towards making this musical journey a ...

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Soren Kjaergaard / Ben Street / Andrew Cyrille: Open Opus

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While it may be easy to be daunted by the sheer pyrotechnics of musicians flexing their instrumental muscles, it is sometimes forgotten that the greatest ability of musical art is to let the listener in to be part of the process; in the best of all worlds, pure admiration is replaced by participation. Danish pianist Soren Kjaergaard is one such musician, who is able to navigate safely in the waters of virtuosity while still leaving room for the listener's imagination. The musical journey of Kjaergaard has seen him travelling across a wide spectrum of genres and sounds, ...

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Andrew Cyrille: Tell Us Only the Beautiful Things; Opus de Life & The Dark Tree

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Walt DickersonTell Us Only the Beautiful ThingsWhynot-Candid1975 (2009) Profound Sound TrioOpus De LifePorter2009 Horace TapscottThe Dark TreeHat Hut1991 (2009) Percussionist Andrew Cyrille was one of the few drummers who could have propelled the particularly high-energy music of the Cecil Taylor Unit during its dense zenith of the '60s-70s. Following the departure of Sunny Murray in 1964, Cyrille traded volleys with Taylor's piano and alto saxophonist Jimmy ...

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Andrew Cyrille with Greg Osby: Low Blue Flame

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"Every once in a while, the saxophonist and drummer just have to be alone. So said the venerable tenorist Benny Golson in concert a few years ago, a coy grin creeping over his face, before launching himself into the stratosphere against his drummer of the evening. “Against, because that's often the form the sax/drums duet takes--a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners, raucously unrestrained and joyfully unapologetic, cacophonous battle to the finish line. On Low Blue Flame however, drummer Andrew Cyrille and saxophonist Greg Osby are after something else: melodic improvisation within a tight compositional framework, with intensity coming not from highflying pyrotechnics but ...

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Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville: Day 1 - May 17, 2007

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5

What exactly is Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville (FIMAV)? With appearances by exploratory pianist Marilyn Crispell, intrepid woodwind multi-instrumentalist/composer Anthony Braxton and equally fearless saxophonist/MacArthur Fellowship Grant recipient John Zorn, improvisation and uncompromising musical individualism are clearly major parts of the picture and, on the broadest of scales, jazz. With heavy-metal explorers Melvins, Rock in Opposition-meets-hardcore and avant-opera's Koenji Hyakkei, and experimental-alternative singer/songwriter Carla Bozulich, the line-up could be described as a genre-resistant mix of rock variants. And with a lineup that includes musique concréte pathfinder ...

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A Sliver of Cyrille: When We Were Kings & Time Being

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Gaetano Liguori/Andrew Cyrille/Guido Mazzon When We Were Kings Soul Note 2006 Trio 3 Time Being Intakt 2006

Andrew Cyrille is one of jazz' most accomplished, creative and dynamic drummers. Perhaps best known for his work with Cecil Taylor during one of the pianist's most fertile periods, his playing always demonstrates concern for the total group sound. When We Were Kings contains four tracks credited to pianist Gaetano Liguori ...

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Anthony Braxton/Andrew Cyrille: Duo Palindrome Vol 1 & 2

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After meeting in Paris in 1969, Anthony Braxton and Andrew Cyrille didn't record together until Hat Art released Braxton's Lennie Tristano project in 1988. While a duo project had been discussed, it wasn't until 2002 that it was realized. Now, spread over two CDs, Intakt releases the results of those sessions. Original compositions, spontaneous improvisations, and a couple of oldies provide the maps for these two fearless explorers. As one expects, they overwhelm any notion of “reeds and drums," ready to play interdimensional or romantic at the drop of a hidden cue.

Volume 1 begins with “Duo Palindrome 2002," Braxton's ...

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Anthony Braxton & Andrew Cyrille: Duo Palindrome 2002

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Anthony Braxton/Andrew Cyrille Duo Palindrome 2002, Vol. 1 & 2 Intakt Records 2004

Even before he started wearing baggy corduroys, sensible shoes, and sweaters with elbow patches, Anthony Braxton's image was one of the enigmatic intellectual. You had to expect his playing to be more geometric than gutbucket. In a meeting at Wesleyan University (where Braxton is on the faculty), however, he and Andrew Cyrille make music that turns that image on its ear. Perhaps the responsibility is Cyrille's, the most instinctively musical of the “New Thing" drummers, whose playing in any ...

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Andrew Cyrille, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich: C/D/E

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Having begun in 1996 as an intended quartet for the Knitting Factory's What Is Jazz Festival, “B/C/D/E" soon dropped the “B" when cornetist and trumpeter Bobby Bradford was unable to attend for financial reasons. Ever since, “C/D/E"--or Andrew Cyrille, Mark Dresser and Marty Ehrlich--has maintained the spirit of Bradford's and John Carter's music in their performances. As a strong influence on all three members of the cooperative, Bradford's influence is still felt in the music as they play tunes performed previously with him or written in honor of him.C/D/E combines the talents of leading free jazz musicians who, ...

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Irene Schweizer & Andrew Cyrille: Irene Schweizer & Andrew Cyrille

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Irene Schweizer/Andrew Cyrille is yet another superb display of Irene Schweizer’s recorded duet performances with modern masters of the drums. Here, the brilliant Swiss based pianist performs alongside the incomparable Andrew Cyrille. Recorded live in 1988, Ms Schweizer and Mr. Cyrille grab your full fledged attention from the opening track or as they say in boxing – “the opening bell”. On “Smashing Napf” the two musicians engage in some hefty call and response dialogue as though they were taunting one another. A cavalcade of rhythms ensue as Ms Schweizer, besides establishing themes and melody is fully adept at banging out ...



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