Andrew Cyrille

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Andrew Cyrille
Andrew Cyrille.jpg
photo by Shawn Brackbill
Background information
Birth name Andrew Charles Cyrille
Born (1939-11-10) November 10, 1939 (age 75)
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Drummer
Instruments drums
Associated acts Cecil Taylor, David S. Ware, David Murray, Irène Schweizer, Marilyn Crispell, Carla Bley
Andrew Cyrille
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Andrew Charles Cyrille (born November 10, 1939) is an avant-garde jazz drummer.

Cyrille was born in Brooklyn, New York into a family with a mother from Haiti. 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.[1]

His first professional engagement was as an accompanist of singer Nellie Lutcher and he had an early recording session with Coleman Hawkins.[2] Trumpeter Ted Curson introduced him to pianist Cecil Taylor when Cyrille was 18.[2]

He joined the Cecil Taylor unit in 1964 and stayed for about 10 years and eventually performed 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[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Geri Allen

With Ahmed Abdul-Malik

With Billy Bang

With Carla Bley

With Jean-Paul Bourelly

With Anthony Braxton

With Marion Brown

With Dave Burrell

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

With Charlie Haden

With Coleman Hawkins

With Jazz Composer's Orchestra

With Leroy Jenkins

With Oliver Lake

With David Murray

With Horace Tapscott

With Cecil Taylor

With Bob Thiele Collective

  • Sunrise Sunset (1990)


  1. ^ Bob Young and Al Stankus (1992). Jazz Cooks. Stewart Tabori and Chang. pp. 92–93. ISBN 1-55670-192-6. 
  2. ^ a b Case, Brian (October 4, 1975), "Make like a chimp (or choose your own alternative)", NME: 28–29 

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