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Album Review

Gerald Cleaver: Griots

Read "Griots" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Gerald Cleaver's Griots confirms just how far creative musicians have developed since the appearance of drum machines, music workstations and software modular synthesizers. A drummer by trade, Cleaver can be heard in innumerable ensembles including those of Ivo Perelman, Chris Lightcap, Steve Swell and Tomasz Stanko, to name just a few. His craft has blossomed beyond the drum chair, leading his own ensembles and a recent dive into electronics. He previously released the all-electric Signs (577 Records, 2020) which was ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Gerald Cleaver Breaking New Ground

Read "Gerald Cleaver Breaking New Ground" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we feature some new releases including Gerald Cleaver's fascinating marriage of electronica and jazz which celebrates musicians who have influenced him—there is also music from some of those he honours. Plus, the fulsome sound of the The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra and more from the excellent Tony Malaby Turnpike Diaries series. This is accompanied by a selection of other sounds, including the sophomore album from Shijin.Playlist Shijin “Mystery of a White Dwarf" from Theory of Everything ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Gerald Cleaver, Steve Khan, Raffaele Casarano and More

Read "Gerald Cleaver, Steve Khan, Raffaele Casarano and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In the second part of this week's episode (for the first part click here) we continue our exploration of new releases with music by the likes of Gerald Cleaver, David Sánchez, Raffaele Casarano and Mirko Signorile as well as the return of veteran guitarist Steve Khan. Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Raffaele Casarano, Mirko Signorile “La mer" D'amour (Parco Della Musica) 0:16 Host talks 7:02 ...

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Live Review

Balance with Gerald Cleaver and Bill Harris at the Detroit Public Library

Read "Balance with Gerald Cleaver and Bill Harris at the Detroit Public Library" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Balance with Gerald Cleaver and Bill Harris Detroit Public Library Detroit, MIApril 7, 2019 Detroit-based jazz fans have become well-acquainted with pianist Michael Malis and saxophonist Marcus Elliot, both of whom are fixtures among the up-and-coming generation of musicians in the city, playing in all kinds of configurations and in wide-ranging, cross-stylistic endeavors. As the duo Balance, they've worked together for several years, releasing a very promising self-titled CD back in 2017 that reveals the ...

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Album Review

Gerald Cleaver: Be It As I See It

Read "Be It As I See It" reviewed by John Sharpe


On his fourth disc as leader, and the first with his Uncle June ensemble, Detroit-native drummer Gerald Cleaver shoots for the stars. Though termed a sound collage based on the Great Migration, Be It As I See Itis not programmatic. Cleaver's approach is personal, celebrating the intelligence, strength and humor of the folks he grew up with, and those who made one of the first real choices for black people in America: the movement of two million out of the ...

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Album Review

Gerald Cleaver / Uncle June: Be It As I See It

Read "Be It As I See It" reviewed by Nic Jones


Drummer Gerald Cleaver has a CV which takes in names like Mario Pavone, Joe Morris, Charles Gayle and Roscoe Mitchell. Of these names it's the last which inspires not only Cleavers's music, but also his appetite for working in new musical forms, and striving for new forms of musical expression. It's hardly surprising, then, that Be It As I See It, his fourth as a leader in his own right--and in the company of his Uncle June ensemble, featuring reed ...

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Album Review

Gerald Cleaver / Uncle June: Be It As I See It

Read "Be It As I See It" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


Be It As I See It, Gerald Cleaver's fourth release as a leader, is an artistic vision of the Great Migration of African American families, in particular his family's movement from the rural South to the urban landscapes in the North, arriving at his home in Detroit, Michigan. The New York-based drummer/composer is a major player in forward-thinking music, his reputation and acumen evolving through his early tenure with AACM leader Roscoe Mitchell, and involvement with like- minded contemporaries including ...


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