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Gerald Cleaver

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

Welcome Adventure Vol. 1

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Majestic Travel Agency; Scintillate; Ear-regularities.

Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Majestic Travel Agency; Scintillate; Ear-regularities.

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Music from new label Tao Forms

Read "Music from new label Tao Forms" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Tao Forms is a new recording label launched in Spring 2020. Drummer—improviser—composer Whit Dickey is both the creative director and executive producer of this fresh endeavour. Matthew Shipp's The Piano Equation was the label's inaugural release. It was followed by Expanding Light, which is the new work by Whit Dickey himself. The music is distributed by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Simon Nabatov with Chris Speed, Herb Robertson, John Hébert, Tom Rainey: Plain

Read "Plain" reviewed by Mark Corroto

How fitting is the comparison between the music of Simon Nabatov and a Matryoshka doll? The Russian-born American's music is a nesting of not dolls but musical genres, placed one inside the other. Classically trained as a child, he can often be found in the free jazz wilds, moving easily between European and American brands of ...

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Five Blokes at the Vortex

Read "Five Blokes at the Vortex" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode of One Man's Jazz features an entire full set of music recorded in March at the Vortex Club in London. Originally the gig was set for Louis Moholo's Four Blokes , but when the veteran drummer fell ill at home in South Africa, the band asked the fine English drummer Mark Sanders to fill ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp. William Parker, Gerald Cleaver: Welcome Adventure Vol. 1

Read "Welcome Adventure Vol. 1" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It takes all of fifty-seven seconds for Welcome Adventure Vol. 1 to move from what starts as of one of those gnarled but exquisite, corpse-like Matthew Shipp solo mind-opuses into exactly that but with some friends. Friends who want want to swing but in a just-out, avant way. It's where their heads are at the moment ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Matthew Shipp: Poetic Connection

Read "Matthew Shipp: Poetic Connection" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

It is difficult to describe the impact of pianist and composer Matthew Shipp without descending into hyperbole. A core figure in the now-legendary David S. Ware Quartet, a bandleader with a staggering recording output, a groundbreaking curator for the influential Blues Series of Thirsty Ear Records, Matthew Shipp has also more recently broken new ...

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Lina Allemano, Yaroslav Likhachev, Pauli Lyytinen and More

Read "Lina Allemano, Yaroslav Likhachev, Pauli Lyytinen and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode might be a week early, given that seven days later is International Jazz Day, but OMJ has been pretty international in scope for a long time now. Thirteen different countries are represented among the artists featured this week. E.g., Pauli Lyytinen's Magnetia Orkestri from Finland, saxophonist Yaroslav Likhachev from Siberia via Berlin, Peripheral Vision ...

Moers Festival Interviews: Mariá Portugal

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Mariá Portugal" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Brazilian drummer, percussionist, singer and composer Mariá Portugal has performed at the last two editions of the Moers Festival, in Germany. The first time was with Quartabê, her regular four-piece from São Paulo, who are now up to their third album release. Last year, Portugal weighed in to the multiple Moers Sessions, which are an ...


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