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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF033
Squidco Product Code: 7518
Recorded at Xangrila Studios, Lisbon, Portugual, on May 23rd, 2003, by Pedro Rego.
Charles Gayle-tenor saxophone
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"Gerald Cleaver (born May 4, 1963) is an African-American jazz drummer from Detroit, Michigan. Cleaver's father is drummer John Cleaver Jr., originally from Springfield, Ohio, and his mother was from Greenwood, Mississippi. Gerald had six older siblings. Cleaver joined the jazz faculty at the University of Michigan in 1995. He has performed or recorded with Joe Morris, Mat Maneri, Roscoe Mitchell, Miroslav Vitous, Michael Formanek, Tomasz Sta ko, Franck Amsallem and others.
Under the name Veil of Names, Cleaver released an album called Adjust on the Fresh Sounds New Talent label in 2001. It featured Maneri, Ben Monder, Andrew Bishop, Craig Taborn and Reid Anderson and was a Best Debut Recording Nominee by the Jazz Journalists Association. Cleaver currently leads the groups Uncle June, Black Host, Violet Hour and NiMbNl as well as working as a sideman with many different artists."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Cleaver_(musician))
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1. I Remember You (V.Schertzinger)
2. Glory Dance
3. What's New (B. Hoggart)
4. Shout of Love
5. Unto Jesus Christ
6. I Can't Get Started (Vernon Jordan)
7. Independence Blues
8. Healing Souls
All compositions by Charles Gayle, except where noted.
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"Assuming you are familiar with the remarkable discography of saxophonist Charles Gayle, the first thing you are bound to notice about this recording is that it is somewhat less intense than most of his others, which have built his reputation as a scorcher. If this marks a change in direction for Gayle, however slight, the results are no less intriguing, as he is full of the usual surprises that his many admirers have come to expect. Gayle acknowledges the shift in perspective: "This album is different in that I am playing songs, in addition to playing outside. I wanted to be a little more melodic, without forcing it." He says he came to realize that playing freely without boundaries can, in some instances, be restrictive: "By constantly playing energy music I found myself becoming a victim of the music, and, ironically, even less free." A remarkable observation, to be sure, from one of the masters of Free Jazz. For this recording, Gayle has chosen the trio format, backed only by the legendary Sirone on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums. Although the trio is not a working group, the results speak for themselves, with a tight sound and propulsive force that integrate the melodies beautifully and allow Gayle to follow his muse with unmitigated abandon."-Clean Feed