Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host

Presented by NMC and KDHX

Saturday, April 25, 2015
concert 7:30 PM, doors 7:00PM
The Stage at KDHX
3524 Washington Ave. 63103 (map)
  • Gerald Cleaver – Drums, Sound Design
  • Cooper-Moore – Piano, Electronics
  • Darius Jones – Saxophones
  • Pascal Niggenkemper – Upright Bass
  • Brandon Seabrook – Electric Guitar
Black Host is a Brooklyn-based quintet led by in-demand drummer Gerald Cleaver. For close to 20 years Cleaver has lent his drum skills to many ongoing collaborations with experimental-jazz figureheads as Roscoe Mitchell, Craig Taborn, and William Parker. In his Black Host project,  Cleaver is joined by pianist Cooper-Moore, alto saxophonist Darius Jones, bassist Pascal Niggenkemper and guitarist Brandon Seabrook.  As Black Host, they bring forth original compositions that blend modern jazz, free music, psych, post-punk and electrified noise with painstaking detail and heady abandon. For references, one might find comparisons to  Albert Ayler (especially the groups with pianist Bobby Few and guitarist Henry Vestine), the early ‘70s music of Norwegians Jan Garbarek and Terje Rypdal, or even Sonic Youth. Their 2014 release on Northern SpyLife in the Sugar Candle Mines, is the group’s first record – hopefully one among several – a reverb-drenched and incisive stew of rhapsodic piano, searing alto and fractured guitar over rhythms that are alternately chunky and airy, rendered with a tremendous live energy.