- Gareth Dylan Smith
(b New York, NY, Nov 10, 1939). American jazz drummer. He began drumming at the age of 11 in a drum-and-bugle corps and took lessons from Willie Jones, Lennie McBrowne, and Lee Abrams. From the late 1950s he played with a wide assortment of jazz musicians, including Kenny Dorham, Coleman Hawkins, Sir Roland Hanna, Freddie Hubbard, Illinois Jacquet, Duke Jordan, Roland Kirk, Nellie Lutcher, Howard McGhee, Cecil Payne, and Milford Graves’ Latin band. He collaborated with Cecil Taylor for 11 years after replacing Sunny Murray in Taylor’s band in 1964. Cyrille also accompanied dancers for several years and recorded an unaccompanied solo album in 1969. In the mid-1970s he took part in a concert series called Dialogue of Drums with Graves and Rashied Ali. He has played with traditional drum groups from Ghana and studied various forms of European percussion music. From 1983 to 1986 Cyrille was a member of the percussion ensemble Pieces of Time, along with Graves, Kenny Clarke, Philly Joe Jones, and Don Moye. He toured with Carla Bley, his own band Maono (“feelings”), The Group, and another percussion ensemble called Weights and Measures. Since ...