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Gerald Cleaver: Five of His Best Recordings

Listening to a Motor City master

Matthew Shipp’s New Orbit (Thirsty Ear, 2001)

Arriving near the outset of the Shipp-curated Blue Series, which explored the overlap between the pianist’s forward-thinking jazz and the more experimental side of electronic music, this quartet disc features Cleaver, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and frequent Shipp partner William Parker on bass. The result is spare and focused, with Cleaver at his most coloristic.

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