Andrew Cyrille's album The News carries forward the story from The Declaration of Musical Independence, the 2014 ECM recording described by Down Beat as "an unabashed exploration into time, pulse space and atmosphere…ambitious yet simple, rich yet stripped-down, challenging yet infinitely satisfying." The New York Times cited the album as evidence of a "late career renaissance" for the drummer.
A force in improvisation for more than sixty years, Cyrille has played across the landscape of jazz from Coleman Hawkins's The Hawk Relaxes to Cecil Taylor's Unit Structures, led his own bands, and worked extensively with Milford Graves, Walt Dickerson, David Murray, Muhal Richard Abrams, Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman and many, many more. His first ECM appearance was on 1970's Afternoon of a Georgia Faun, Marion Brown's album with Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, Bennie Maupin and Jeanne Lee. Half a century later Cyrille appeared with his Lebroba trio with Wadada Leo Smith and Bill Frisell at Lincoln Center's 50th birthday tribute to the label.
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Andrew Cyrille's 'The News' is a wonderful melange of influences / Winnipeg Free Press
Andrew Cyrille's album The News carries forward the story from The Declaration of Musical Independence, the 2014 ECM recording described by Down Beat as "an unabashed exploration into time, pulse space and atmosphere…ambitious yet simple, rich yet stripped-down, challenging yet infinitely satisfying." The New York Times cited the album as evidence of a "late career renaissance" for the drummer...
On 'The News,' Andrew Cyrille Quartet is daringly spacious on sparse material / jazzwise: editor's choice 'best jazz albums for october '
JAZZWISE: EDITOR'S CHOICE 'BEST JAZZ ALBUMS FOR OCTOBER 2021 Featuring outstanding new albums including; - ANDREW CYRILLE QUARTET – THE NEWS - ECM
Andrew Cyrille (d), Bill Frisell (g) David Virelles (p, syn) and Ben Street (b). Rec. 2020 Andrew Cyrille's album The News carries forward the story from The Declaration of Musical Independence, the 2014 ECM recording describe...
'The News' cements Andrew Cyrille's legacy as a premier force in jazz / DOWNBEAT
Downbeat's Ed Enright writes......Andrew Cyrille continues to produce compelling music with the release of a new quartet outing that further cements his legacy as a premier force in jazz improvisation over a span of some six decades. Now 81, the veteran drummer made a brilliant move in calling upon pianist/synth player David Virelles to assume the role previously occupied by his longtime friend and c...
Andrew Cyrille's 'The News' is a quietly brilliant set / LONDON JAZZ REVIEW
LONDON JAZZ - Jon Turney writes......This superb follow up to the great drummer Andrew Cyrille's 2016 quartet release The Declaration of Musical Independence reunites him with bassist Ben Street and Bill Frisell on guitar. The wild card is David Virelles on piano, who brings a welcome, lushly dark sonority to the session. Cyrille plays with a kind of uninhibited restraint. His constantly shifti...
Andrew Cyrille brings 'The News' on 88.3WBGO: Take Five
WBGO's Nate Chinen writes......Master drummer Andrew Cyrille released his ECM debut as a leader in 2016, when he was 76. That spellbinding album, The Declaration of Musical Independence, featured an intergenerational summit with Bill Frisell on guitar, Richard Teitelbaum on synthesizers and piano and Ben Street on bass. Cyrille had planned to reconvene this personnel in 2019, but Teitelbaum's hea...
Quiet this 'News' may be, it's right up there among ECM 'entrancing understatements' / The Guardian
The Guardian's John Fordham writes......It would be tempting to say that, at 81, Andrew Cyrille has probably forgotten more than most drummers have ever learned about stretching tempo and creating space for improvisers to thrive in – that is, if it didn't do such a disservice to the Haitian-American master's respect for his fellow players. Over six decades with stars from swing-sax pioneer Cole...