ANFTD #68: Andrew Cyrille

© Anna Yatskevich

Dave visits legendary drummer and composer Andrew Cyrille to talk about how he organizes his music, why he calls Dave “David,” and his recent record Lebroba with Wadada Leo Smith and Bill Frisell. They also discuss his upbringing in a Haitian family in Brooklyn, NY, and his beginnings as a jazz musician. We hear excerpts of Cecil Taylor’s Unit Structures and Conquistador!, which Mr. Cyrille played on in 1966. Humorous and insightful comments ensue.
 

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LEBROBA
Andrew Cyrille
Wadada Leo Smith
Bill Frisell

UNIT STRUCTURES
Eddie Gale – trumpet
Jimmy Lyons – alto saxophone
Ken McIntyre – alto saxophone, oboe, bass clarinet
Cecil Taylor – piano, bells
Henry Grimes – double bass
Alan Silva – double bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums

CONQUISTADOR!
Cecil Taylor – piano
Bill Dixon – trumpet
Jimmy Lyons – alto saxophone
Henry Grimes – double bass
Alan Silva – double bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums


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Edited by Geoffrey Countryman