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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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