Thursday, September 17, 2009

What About? - Andrew Cyrille [BYG - Actuel 16]





The great Andrew Cyrille's solo drums & percussion record from 1969 on BYG/Actuel.
Despite his 'youth' (he was 30) - he plays beautifully here. Strong, but without hitting hard. Subtle and quiet ideas on 'From Whence I Came', incorporating exhaled breath and vocal sounds. 'Rims and Things', suggestive in its title of it's range of sound-sources and textures. The 2 pieces opening each side are more orthodox trap kit workouts - but each with a strong sense of the progression of rhythmic and melodic ideas, and an unfailing sense of control. 'Pioneering' has Cyrille getting out some 'little instruments' - playing whistle, slide-whistle and finger cymbals in counterpoint to snare & toms. This is the only overdubbed track I think - the moving of the slide whistle plunger whilst holding the press roll would seem to preclude any other explanation on a solo recording. (I stand to be corrected by any dextrous drummers out there though..)

Cyrille has since appeared on dozens and dozens of recordings, almost all of which are inevitably enlived by his playing presence. Well over a dozen recordings have come out under his own leadership as well, since this first one came out in 1970. He was probably paid about 27 dollars for this record, and has not seen a penny since.
I'd urge buying something if you can. Not just because it's 'worthy' and indicates respect - but because it will sound GOOD !

Although this was issued - like almost all BYG/Actuel material - on an English Affinity LP, it has never been on CD to my knowledge.


Side 1

What About?
From Whence I Came

Side 2

Rhythmical Space
Rims and Things
Pioneering

Andrew Cyrille - drums & percussion, whistles

Rec. August 11, 1969


Now, give the drummer some !




38 comments:

serviceton said...

FLAC Files

1.http://rapidshare.com/files/281359099/WhatAbout_flc.part1.rar

2.http://rapidshare.com/files/281514001/WhatAbout_flc.part2.rar


PS - the LP 'transfer' and stitched cover scans took me bloody ages. If you can manage a comment, I shall bathe in its warm cosy glow... And appreciate it.

DolphyBrown said...

Brilliant post! Cyrille is amazing and those cover scans...that's art, friend!

Arcturus said...

well, I don't have shit to say abt it w/out hearing it 1st . . . :)

stunning to see tho - I've never obsessively pored over the catalogue, but I know I never saw this in a store under *any* label, unlike his IPS & ictus releases

I thrilled to finally get to see him perform next month

thanks fer postin' this

mikey said...

this is a thing of beauty--thanks!

sotise said...

BEAUTIFUL ,THANKS FOR THIS .....!!
IVE BEEN WANTING TO HEAR IT FOR 20 YEARS!!

1009 said...

One of the rare gaps in my BYG "collection." Not a collection of objects, of course, but sounds, most of them being mp3/flac. But I really do appreciate the scan -- those cheesy covers get to me. A cursory listen & I'm pleasantly surprised. I tend to be dubious about solo percussion, but it sounds like Cyrille keeps the textures changing. Shouldn't have expected less.

jeff said...

Excellent, thanks for the effort!

Jean K said...

great post - thanks!

roberto t. said...

Funny how the first time view of a cover can bring out old emotions! I'v looked for this LP for years, entering every new record store around the world with a white Byg cover in mind, hoping it will materialize, but it never happened. At last the search was over when Affinity published the Lp with a new black cover (like the other Affinity LP's).
So this is finally what I've been searching for so long. Nice to meet you, you, the real What About! Infinite thanks serviceton!!!!!!

ushaped said...

thank you very much, a beautiful LP

serviceton said...

Here's the album as MP3s (320kbps) - as with the FLAC links above, full cover scans included

What About - Andrew Cyrille - MP3

http://rapidshare.com/files/282452108/whatbout320.rar

"nächstens mehr." said...

thx a lot for your effort, i liked it very much - just how i expected ...

donc said...

Most beautiful. Thank You.

Don C

Calisan said...

Ohhh dios mio!! esto se agradece con una reverencia a los pies de usted!!
Muchisimas gracias Señor.!!

downlowsoul said...

Damn....what a rare post. What great music--Cyrille is a giant on the kit. Many thanks!

Arcturus said...

finally got to listening to this yesterday - migawd! it catapaulted right to to the topflight of my list of great percussion recordings

particularly intriguing is that2nd piece w/ its use of space &

not voice, but . . .

breath

rich said...

Thank you! Thanks! much! Thanks again!


oh, and thank you, by the way.

E S said...

ThanX 4 the mp3 option -and from reading previous comments I know that it's not your thing… but trying to keep all my music on a single TO disc…Also, as a dirt poor artist I grew up on several thousand cassettes (still have quite a few - still listen to quite a few) so, I am not one of those scandalized by mp3 quality - on the contrary… Plus FLACS can not be easily accessed - only listenable on my VLC player on the computer… whereas mp3s - lots of ways to listen to them…
All that to say THANKS for the respect shown toward us in the mp3 world…

kinabalu said...

I've found that the quickest way to do LP covers is to take a photo. If you have a good digital camera, are careful about the lighting and have access to good software for a little bit of touching up afterwards, then the result is not too bad. Scans might be better overall, but it's just too time-consuming (for lps, that is).

There are of course no short-cuts to lp transfers. Everything has to be done in real time and you should ideally listen through it all before converting to flac or mp3 or whatever. The master file is for me always in wav which can then be chopped up into individual tracks, titled, converted, packed as rar files, uploaded etc. Did I miss anything? Helluva lot of work. Except for holidays, typically weekend work when one does have some spare time for all this.

upkerry14 said...

I have (or have access to) a large amount of OP material on Incus and other labels. Please send me an email if you want something in particular and I'll be happy to post it IF I have it.
Bill

sotise said...

firstly .... thanks seviceton for taking the time to do such a careful beautiful job, on the covers..they are lovely, i have no idea how stitch and scan or whatever it is works .. i merely take snaps .

Bill ...thanks for your generous offer ... i hope you are better than last time we commuicated .. regarding live derek bailey ... im still up for some of that if you are game!!.. you could post some on I-Sol ..you are on the board there so to speak....

just one problem with emailing you ,your profile is unavailable ...no email add...
take care & keep well!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the mp3 rip of it. Thank you for your effort & sharing

Newk said...

I haven't visited this or any other blog for quite a long time, so finally swinging by and seeing this album posted had me grinning and clicking furiously. I owned this one for a short time, but sold it when all those BYG reissues were coming out, making the wrong assumption that this one would eventually find its way back on the shelves. Thanks so much, once again.
Does anyone have the Cyrille album
Celebration? Jeanne Lee and the amazing but rarely recorded (let alone printed) poet Elouise Loftin both appear on it, but I've never seen nor heard it.

Arkiver said...

I only have one Cyrille record and am so glad to have this opportunity to listen to more of his work. What a find, and I can't wait to give this a listen. Thank you!

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thoth said...

thank you so much for sharing. i wish cyrille had been featured more prominently on other albums in this series (perhaps instead of claude decloo, for instance)!

Anonymous said...

Piss poor. Noring, boring, boring.

roachflick said...

thank you so much for this (and the added effort of scanning the covers). i've always been a huge fan of his work with cecil taylor and even owned a copy of this lp once. what a treat to listen to it again (while gazing at the cover art)!

velobrewer said...

I first came upon Andrew Cyrille and his music in my college bookstore dollar bin in 1976 -- where they managed to stock a fairly good selection of the BYG Actuel catalog. My friends/roomates and I grabbed all we could "afford" and memorized ourselves in the music. It was a glorious thing -- unfettered and uncompromising free-jazz, riding the spirit of the great jazz tradition in the sense of discovery and raw emotion -- we gathered it all in from ancient to future, like our AACM friends would say. These BYG albums had much to say -- and I'm thankful to be able to revisit that great time once again. Viva Andrew Cyrille. Viva 9 grey chairs.

Anonymous said...

VERY NICE WORK - thank you

Anonymous said...

thanks for putting this up - been after it for some while

TizTheWiz said...

I had the good fortune to meet and make friend with Andrew Cyrille back in 1978,and at the same time I started studying with him in N.Y. and at various locations around Europe when he came on tour, besides meeting and hanging every time he came to Italy to both play and record. I've been in the studio with Andrew many many times, and I also had the privi lege to record with him back in 1987 for my first studio date under my own name. Andrew is a great human being, besides being the wonderful, sensitive player and innovator we all know, and he helped me a lot de veloping my musicianship. If you have dug "What About?", check out the fantastic duo with Milford Graves, "The Dialogue Of The Drums", unfortunately not on cd, it'll be a great source of inspiration, TizTheWiz

serviceton said...

Hey Tiz - Your words, in describing Cyrille as a wonderful man as well as musician, do not surprise me. He has such 'humanity' and intelligence to his playing, that if the man himself were any different it would seem incongruous. I have just been fascinated, watching him play on film with Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons and Alan Silva - in 'Across the Tracks' from 1966. The group performances in this are great. Recommended. http://missmondo.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/luc-ferrari-gerard-patris-cecil-taylor.html
Agreed on 'Dialogue Of The Drums'

serviceton said...

I forgot - also Cyrille's recent 2 albums under his own name on Tum !!!
http://www.tumrecords.com/new-music

lee said...

I've been curious about this one for a long time. So awesome to find it here. Thanks, too, for posting an mp3 option.

Nargile57 said...

Many thanks for this wonderful soundscape :)

MarquisSmith said...

A brilliant album and a worthy blog (which I have just found). Is it possible to repost flacs? Thanks.