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Saxophonist Ivo Perelman explores his musical relationship with two of the members of his quartet, pianist Matt Shipp and drummer Gerald Cleaver, in this improvised album that is the second part of a project that began with "Family Ties".

Perelman, Ivo / Matt Shipp / Gerald Cleaver
The Foreign Legion

Perelman, Ivo / Matt Shipp / Gerald Cleaver: The Foreign Legion (Leo)
Label: Leo    
Released in: Great Britain    

""The Foreign Legion" provides the second chapter of a project launched earlier in 2012, with the release of "Family Ties" (CD LR 630) - that album featured bassist Joe Morris and drummer Gerald Cleaver. By recording with Matt Shipp and Gerald Cleaver, Ivo Perelman continues to explore his relationship with each member of his quartet in a slightly different setting. It transpires that it becomes a different band each time one player would drop out for a while and it opens new possibilities for Ivo Perelman to reach new heights."-Leo Records

"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 Vitou , 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."

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Product Information:

UPC: 5024792064328

Label: Leo
Catalog ID: LEO 643
Squidco Product Code: 16813

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by Jim Clouse at Park West studios, Brooklyn, NY in December 2011.


Ivo Perelman-tenor saxophone

Matt Shipp-piano

Gerald Cleaver-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Mute Singing, Mute Dancing 5:38

2. An Angel's Disquiet 13:55

3. Paul Klee 8:00

4. Sketch Of An Wardrobe 11:14

5. An Abstract Door 7:36