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Cleaver, Gerald: 22 / 23 (Positive Elevation / 577 Records)

A journey through a diverse set of genres and styles of electronica, influenced by the New York drummer & composer Gerald Cleaver's native Detroit upbringing, bringing out elements of techno and house music tempered by his improvisational, experimental and avant work; 11 tracks with solid rhythmic foundation in both propulsive and contemplative approaches to electronic composition.

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UPC: 755491268049

Label: Positive Elevation / 577 Records
Catalog ID: CD-PEREC-007
Squidco Product Code: 33062

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
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Gerald Cleaver-electronics, voice

Jean Carla Rodea-voice

Andrew Dahlke-soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone

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"Gerald Cleaver's 22/23 journeys through genre, exploring the future and recalling history, in his most place-based album yet. Born and raised in Detroit, Cleaver is a product of the Motor City's rich musical history. Long the manufacturing capital of America, Detroit citizens have never been afraid of imagination: technological innovation, a strong labor movement, techno-utopianism or afrofuturism. This spirit of innovation is felt on Cleaver's newest album, particularly on songs like '31 Julys' which builds on dynamic house beats, or 'Cake' which employs saxophone to compose a careening jazz track.

This marks Cleaver's third record with 577 Records (and its sub-label Positive Elevation, dedicated to electronic experimentation and avant soul), following 2020's 'Signs,' and his second album, 'Griots.' Here, Cleaver deftly combines his talent for electronic composition with a curious ear for the unpredictable, occasionally accompanied by singer Jean Carla Rodea.

Cleaver has performed and recorded as a jazz drummer with a wide variety of artists, including Tommy Flanagan, Daniel Carter, Bill Frisell and more, contributing as a musician for nearly 20 years before exploring his own electronic-forward projects."-Positive Elevation/ 577 Records

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Artist Biographies

"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."

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"Jean Carla Rodea (b in Mexico City) is a research-based interdisciplinary artist and educator currently living between Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco, CA. Her/their work involves a variety of disciplines and mediums such as music, sound, poetry, vocal performance and performance art, photography, video, movement, and sculpture. Her artistic practice deals with spaces and instances where problematic socio-political and cultural constructs are rendered visible through multimedia installations and performance.

As a musician, Jean Carla is dedicated to perform and compose a plethora of music/sound in a variety of settings - from solo to large ensembles. She/they have performed and recorded with William Parker, Darius Jones' vocal quartet Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, Gerald Cleaver's Uncle June, Anthony Braxton's Syntactical Ghost Trance Music Choir, Cecilia Lopez's Machinic Fantasies, and Talibam!. In addition to this, she/they lead her/their own multi-media projects; Buscando a Marina/Looking for Marina, and Azares. Jean Carla has worked with Asiya Wadud, Miriam Parker, rebeca medina, Merche Blasco, Amirtha Kidambi, Patricia Nicholson, Jo Wood Brown, Rachel Bersen, Anastasia Clarke, Taylor Ho-Bynum, Joe Morris, Stephen Haynes, Matt Mottel, etc. She has performed extensively and shown work at Roulette Intermedium, Carnegie Hall, BRIC, Knockdown Center, Judson Church, Danspace, Center for Performance Research, Panoply Lab, Parallel, Rio ll Gallery, The Clemente, BRAC, WAAM, El Museo de Los Sures, Casul, The Graduate Center, to mention a few."

-Jean Carla Rodea Website (

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"Andrew is a concert saxophonist, jazz improviser, and teacher. He has been featured as a guest artist and performer across the United States and East Asia, joining such distinguished ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Capitol Saxophone Quartet, and the Gangnam Symphony in Seoul, South Korea. He has also served as a guest artist and frequent performer at the Aspen Music Festival. As an orchestral saxophonist he has played under the baton of conductors including: David Zinman, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Peter Oundjian, Robert Spano, Bramwell Tovey, Jeffrey Kahane, Larry Rachleff, George Manahan, Steven Reineke, and Marvin Hamlisch. Andrew performed as a soloist and chamber musician in China and South Korea through various occasions including a U. S. State Department tour of China, while concertizing and teaching at major concert halls and music conservatories.

As baritone saxophonist in the Capitol Quartet, he had extensive engagements with the Baltimore and Indianapolis Symphonies and participated in the commission and recording of Carter Pann's Mechanics, Six from the Shop Floor, one of the three finalists for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in music. The Quartet released two CD recordings of new music by American composers: Flex: Five Works for Four Saxophones and Balance. The Quartet also collaborated closely with pops conductor Jack Everly and Broadway diva Ann Hampton Callaway.

Andrew's performances, recordings, and music editions of J. S. Bach's Solo Cello Suites have received national and international recognition. Of many related projects, his virtual concert Bach, Poetry, and the Greater American Experience was commissioned and live-streamed on 17 May 2022 by the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Andrew has recently performed for jazz drummer Gerald Cleaver's third electronic music project scheduled for release in 2023. He also has composed music for his own upcoming jazz quartet project featuring Gerald Cleaver, pianist Craig Taborn, and bassist Michael Formanek.

Andrew is Professor of Music in Saxophone at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado and has been invited to teach and give master classes in the United States and abroad at institutions including the University of Michigan, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, the Beijing Central Conservatory, and the Seoul National University of Arts. His students have been successful in advancing their degrees in prestigious graduate programs, performing as classical and jazz saxophonists, and teaching in K-12 and postsecondary schools.

Andrew also works as a music producer and does audio and video editing and production. He has been involved in designing and manufacturing saxophone mouthpieces in partnership with Brad Behn and has his own saxophone mouthpiece company:

Andrew has degrees in music and music education from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate in Music from the University of North Texas. His primary saxophone teachers were Larry Teal, Donald Sinta, Eugene Rousseau, and Jim Riggs. Andrew studied jazz improvisation with Tim Ries and clarinet with Andy Crisanti."

-Andrew Dahlke Website (

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Track Listing:

1. MDD 8:03

2. Early Riser 12:50

3. Territories 6:40

4. Who Are You 7:08

5. Blo 7:13

6. Ok Now 7:55

7. Conveyances 5:06

8. Cake 6:33

9. A Marcha Para Baixo 6:29

10. Twins 3:23

11. Today 5:21

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