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Tomorrow’s installment of the Meakusma residency of the Outsiders Series of Brussels-based Kiosk Radio features an interview with Gerald Cleaver, conducted by ML, and a mix called ‘The Perm’, done by Cleaver himself.
Gerald Cleaver’s new Griots album, released by 577 Records and Meakusma, further explores the depths of the electronic music coming from Cleaver’s hometown of Detroit, combining those influences with his own incredibly versatile background in jazz. Tune in tomorrow to hear Cleaver talk about his relationship with electronic music, his life in jazz and more.


**Imagine Sun Ra-meets-Actress on this stunning, deeply experimental, electronic jazz set!**

This is ace! Prolific Detroit/NYC jazz drummer Gerald Cleaver serves a sterling 2nd album of electronic music, calling to mind Sun Ra, Terrence Dixon, Pekka Airaksinen, Dennis Weise
Attached with the statement “It is very important to me to stress the importance of Tribe. Community is everything” Gerald Cleaver pays homage to his spiritual home city Detroit’s important electronic music scene, also weaving strong influence from his decades playing in myriad NYC jazz constellations – playing skins alongside legends including Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, Marcus Belgrave, Lou Reed.
His drummer’s instincts at at the root of seven cuts cultivating FM synthesis, pulsing drum machines and touches of keys and trumpet by Cuba’s David Virelles and US player Ambrose Akinmusire, respectively, into wonderfully effervescent and playful works that remind us to many, many touchstones, but delivered with a verve and open-ended, psychedelic aesthetic that’s dead easy to get lost inside.

Excellent, free-minded Techno journey w/ 4 digital only tracks in addition (w/ download code)

Busily based nowadays in New York — a regular collaborator with William Parker — Cleaver flexes his Detroit roots in these original, tough, psychedelic, jazzy excursions in electronic dance music, for which the drummer is joined by the virtuosic Cuban jazz pianist David Virelles and Blue Note trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.
Unusual and well worth checking.

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