Voice Choices

Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host


The drummer-composer’s marvelous quintet marks the release of their volcanic debut, Life In the Sugar Candle Mines, with a short run that should put them on the jazz community’s radar for a long while to come. Every member of this group—that’s Darius Jones (alto sax), Cooper-Moore (piano), Brandon Seabrook (guitar), and Pascal Niggenkemper (bass)—has a voice strong enough to helm a ship himself. Together, they’re an unstoppable coalition of dazzlingly empathic personalities who navigate the highways and byways of Cleaver’s open-form compositions with power and grace.

May 29-30, 8:30 & 10 p.m., 2013

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