Based in Brooklyn, Detroit-bred drummer, composer, and bandleader Gerald Cleaver is among the most agile and wide-ranging first-call musicians on the 21st century jazz scene. Known in the Motor City area as both a musician and an educator from the mid-'80s onward, his national emergence at the end of the '90s was precipitated by his participation in a series of diverse recordings led by artists including Rodney Whitaker (Hidden Kingdom), Roscoe Mitchell's Note Factory (Nine to Get Ready), Bill McHenry (Graphic), and Joe Morris (Underthru). These efforts brought his powerful, detailed drumming to worldwide attention. Cleaver's style is well-suited to inside or outside playing, his beat can range from swing time to no time; he is just as comfortable with standard forms as he is hybrid or new ones, whether it's playing in fixed or odd ...
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