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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

Album

Cloud Script

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2021
Track listing: In Place of Memory; Harbor; Echo Tracer; Duke Hill; Collapsing Novelty; Coniunctio.

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The Bright Awakening

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Bright Awakening.

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Beyond Other Stories

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Singing Again; Adam & Eve; Stille Stille Stille; While the Sun Is Sinking; Cats in Crete; Like a Bird; The Queen Inside This Room; Holding; My Favorite Things; Flying High.

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Mayan Space Station

Label: AUM Fidelity
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tabasco; Rocas Rojas; Domingo; Mayan Space Station; Canyons Of Light; The Wall Tumbles Down.

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Cool With That

Label: ESP Disk
Released: 2021
Track listing: A Side; Oh Hell I Forgot About That; Social Distance; I'm Cool with That; One.

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Griots

Label: Positive Elevation / 577 Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Cooper-Moore; Bond; Virelles (featuring David Virelles); Remembrances (for Mom); Tribe; Victor Lewis; Geri Allen; Galaxy Faruq (for Faruq Z. Bey); William Parker; Akinmusire (featuring Ambrose Akinmusire); Buena Vista.

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Article: 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 ...

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Article: Radio

Geri's Dance - The Geri Allen Songbook, Part 2

Read "Geri's Dance - The Geri Allen Songbook, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Welcome to the second part of this week's edition of Mondo Jazz dedicated to the one and only Geri Allen (click here for Part 1), the monumental pianist who would have turned 65 this year, and has left a body of work that will continue to play a fundamental influence on generations of musicians. Her unique ...

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Article: Album Review

East Axis: Cool With That

Read "Cool With That" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Free improvisation has a special place in a polarized world. It accepts and rejects jazz culture in an ebb and flow of unprompted ideas. On the album Cool With That we get the essence of the music's history from the inside, out. The quartet East Axis is new in name but the unit has been in ...


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