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Live Review: Andrew Cyrille Night at the Vision Festival

That opening night of the 24th edition of the New York City-born and bred Vision Festival—the premier left-field summit where avant-garde jazz, dance, poetry, and visual art gloriously intersect—fell on June 11, the day Ornette Coleman passed, was serendipitous. The revolutionary free-jazz aesthetic that Coleman exemplified is alive and well, thanks in large degree to … Read More “Live Review: Andrew Cyrille Night at the Vision Festival”

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Andrew Cyrille: Lebroba (ECM)

It is profoundly satisfying to hear drummer Andrew Cyrille—who helped shepherd the tornado of Cecil Taylor through Unit Structures, among many others, more than 50 years ago—now in regal equipoise with a pair of esteemed elder peers, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and guitarist Bill Frisell. Lebroba relaxes you like a landscape painting, allowing your senses to … Read More “Andrew Cyrille: Lebroba (ECM)”

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Andrew Cyrille & Haitian Fascination: Route De Frères

The core of this lucid, invigorating disc is the title triptych, a musical walk along the brotherhood road of Haiti, drummer Andrew Cyrille’s spiritual homeland. Paced by the burly baritone sax of Hamiet Bluiett and spiced by the pointillistic acoustic guitar of Alix Pascal, the album’s centerpiece begins frantic and jaunty, Pascal digging in as … Read More “Andrew Cyrille & Haitian Fascination: Route De Frères”

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