Cleve Pozar: The Web of Percussion


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Always a tinkerer—Pozar's CSP record was the result of not only woodshedding, but long hours of home-studio superimposition—he's found a way to approach the bata through electronic media. "I took pieces of wood and glued them on a board, and put two more pieces together for my left and right foot. I decided to see if it would work out mechanically, and I saw it was going to work. I erected three or four drums and began working with it to see if it would be a real possibility. I got cheap sampling software and contact pads, an upgrade of computer memory, and if it wasn't for my son [Mingus] this wouldn't have even happened." Through tireless editing of software samples and tweaking the instrument itself, Pozar has created the first electronic bata. With twelve YouTube videos and thousands of views, it's possible that Pozar's music and his tireless sonic artisanship are reaching more people than a reissue or "comeback record" ever would.

Recommended Listening:

Cleve Pozar, Let's Try It Again (self-released, 1999)

Bobby Naughton, Nauxtagram (Otic, 1979)

Cleve Pozar, Cleve Solo Percussion (CSP, ca. 1972)

Peter Ivers, Knight of the Blue Communion (Epic, 1969)

Robert F. Pozar, Good Golly Miss Nancy (Savoy, 1967)

Bill Dixon, Intents and Purposes: The Bill Dixon Orchestra (RCA-Victor, 1967)

Bob James, Explosions (ESP, 1965)

Bob James, Bold Conceptions (Mercury, 1962)

Various Artists, Music from the ONCE Festival (New World, 1961-1966)
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