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Gerald Cleaver

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Drummer Gerald Cleaver was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and is a product of the rich music tradition found there and also in his home. Inspired by his father, John Cleaver, also a drummer, he began playing the drums at an early age. He also played violin in elementary school and switched to trumpet during junior high and high school. While in his teens, he gained early working experience with Ali Muhammad Jackson, Lamont Hamilton, Earl Van Riper, and Pancho Hagood and later with Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden, Rodney Whitaker, A. Spencer Barefield and Wendell Harrison. Cleaver earned a B.A

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Heatmap

Label: Imani
Released: 2022
Track listing: Heatmap; Tossed Aside; Surrounding; Limestone; Splinters; Trees For the Forest; Trembling; Whisperchant; C(o)urses; Spheres.

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March

Label: Firehouse 12 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Pack Up, Coming For You; Life Only Gets More; Wave Shake and Angle Bounce; The March and the Storm Before the Quiet of the Dance; Docile Fury Ballad; Silhouettes in Smoke; For Alan, Part II.

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Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Sunverified; Blinking Down; Mask Production; Wordwide; Da Rest Is Story.

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Surrounding

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Label: Imani
Released: 2022
Duration: 3:53

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Article: Six Picks

August 2022

Read "August 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Binker Golding Dream Like A Dogwood Wild Boy Gearbox Records 2022 A place where folk, gospel and jazz meet in tuneful harmony with each other is a place where the likes of Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny spent some of the most original and prolific years of their ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gunter Baby Sommer, Tyshawn Sorey Trio, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe & Linda Sikhakhane

Read "Gunter Baby Sommer, Tyshawn Sorey Trio, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe & Linda Sikhakhane" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This edition of OMJ is all over the place when it comes to new recordings—drummers Gunter Baby Sommer (with Lucaciu 3), Pierre Favre (with Samuel Blaser) and Tyshawn Sorey; saxophonists Linda Sikhakhane from South Africa and Germany's Charlotte Greve (with the Lisbeth Quartet), pianist Russ Lossing, Austria's AHL-6, and Belgian guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe and his ...

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Article: Album Review

Caleb Wheeler Curtis: Heatmap

Read "Heatmap" reviewed by Paul Rauch


It is mostly troublesome to make blanket assertions about jazz and the musicians that facilitate the art form. Such assertions are subjective at best, yet it would not seem unreasonable to assert that Caleb Wheeler Curtis is one of the more interesting alto saxophonists to emerge since 2000. His playing has a radiant, vocal quality to ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joachim Kuhn, Day & Taxi & Java Quartet

Read "Joachim Kuhn, Day & Taxi & Java Quartet" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


German pianist/alto player Joachim Kuhn arrived in Paris in the late '60s; that city was the epicenter of an explosion in free jazz, fueled by several musicians from America (many of them from the AACM) and a desire among European players to push their music forward. One concert that Kuhn played at in the fall of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Time Spiral: George Russell, Tyshawn Sorey, Yu Nishiyama, Daniel Carter

Read "Time Spiral: George Russell, Tyshawn Sorey, Yu Nishiyama, Daniel Carter" reviewed by David Brown


This week, extended works featuring George Russell's “Time Spiral," Anthony Davis “A Suite for Monk," David Murray and Randy Weston perform “Blue Moses." New releases from Tyshawn Sorey Trio, Yu Nishiyma, Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Daniel Carter, and much more. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) 00:30 Keefe Jackson, ...


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