Boomkat Product Review:
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.