JERRY LEAKE, CUBIST (RHOMBUS PUBLISHING)
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A NEW DAY; LAYA PROJECT REMIXED
ADDIS ACOUSTIC PROJECT
AFRO ROOTS WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
AMADOU & MARIAM
ANTÓNIO ZAMBUJO
APHRODESIA
BALKANBEATS
BANCO DE GAIA
BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC ORKESTAR
BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC
BOY WITHOUT GOD
C.J. CHENIER
CARLOS GOGO GOMEZ
CHOBAN ELEKTRIK
CHOPTEETH
CHRISTIANE D
CHRISTINE VAINDIRLIS
CLARA PONTY
COPAL
CUCHATA
DAMJAN KRAJACIC
DANIEL CROS
DEBO & FENDIKA
DEL CASTILLO
DR JAYANTHI KUMARESH
EARTHRISE SOUNDSYSTEM
EGYPT NOIR
ELIN FURUBOTN
EMILY SMITH
FANFARE CIOCARLIA VS. BOBAN & MARKO MARKOVIC
FEUFOLLET
FIAF PRESENTS WORLD NOMADS MOROCCO: MUSIC
FOOTSTEPS IN AFRICA
GECKO TURNER
GENTICORUM
GEOFF BERNER
GIANMARIA TESTA
GODS ROBOTS
GUARCO
HUUN HUUR TU
INDIAN OCEAN
IRENE JACOB & FRANCIS JACOB
JANAKA SELEKTA
JANYA
JERRY LEAKE
JOAQUIN DIAZ
JOEL RUBIN
JORGE STRUNZ
JOSEF KOUMBAS
JOYFUL NOISE (I GRADE RECORDS)
JUST A BAND
KAMI THOMPSON
KARTICK & GOTAM
KHALED
KHING ZIN & SHWE SHWE KHAING
KITKA'S CAUCASIAN CONNECTIONS PROJECT PERFORMANCES AND WORKSHOPS
KMANG KMANG
KOTTARASHKY AND THE RAIN DOGS
LA CHERGA
LAC LA BELLE
LAYA PROJECT
LENI STERN
LES TRIABOLIQUES
LISTEN FOR LIFE
LOBI TRAORÉ
LO'JO
LOKESH
MAGNIFICO
MAHALA RAI BANDA
MIDNITE
MOHAMMED ALIDU AND THE BIZUNG FAMILY
MR. SOMETHING SOMETHING
MY NAME IS KHAN
NAWAL
NAZARENES
NO STRANGER HERE (EARTHSYNC)
OCCIDENTAL BROTHERS ON TOUR
OCCIDENTAL GYPSY
OREKA TX
ORQUESTRA CONTEMPORÂNEA DE OLINDA
PABLO SANCHEZ
PEDRO MORAES
RAYA BRASS BAND
SALSA CELTICA
SAMITE
SARA BANLEIGH
SARAH AROESTE
SELAELO SELOTA
SHYE BEN-TZUR
SIA TOLNO
SIBIRI SAMAKE
SISTER FA
SLIDE TO FREEDOM II
SONIA BREX
SOSALA
SWEET ELECTRA
SYSTEMA SOLAR
TAGA SIDIBE
TAJ WEEKES
TARANA
TARUN NAYAR
TE VAKA
TELEPATH
THE MOUNTAIN MUSIC PROJECT
THE NATIVE AMERICA NORTH SHOWCASE
THE SPY FROM CAIRO
TITO GONZALEZ
TOUSSAINT
VARIOUS ARTISTS
VARIOUS ARTISTS
WATCHA CLAN
WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY SOUNDTRACK
WOMEXIMIZER
WOMEXIMIZER
ZDOB SI ZDUB
ZIETI
Jerry Leake, Cubist (Rhombus Publishing)
The Layers of Master Percussionist Jerry Leake Emerge on Cubist


Jerry Leake produced his new album like a mad rhythm scientist. He was methodic and resourceful, precisely mixing and pouring one ingredient into the next. It could have ended in disaster with sonic fragments left strewn about haplessly…but it did not. Cubist (Rhombus Publishing; Jan 1, 2010) comes to life with mathematical precision and beauty where each composition resounds its exclusive musical “soul”. Cubist reflects and retracts not only music but also people and their experiences. “You can almost feel the characters living inside some of these creations,” Leake said of his latest work.

Imagine an “exotic” secret agent as he sprints through the Technicolor jungles of India, fueled by driving rock grooves rotating around a 10-beat tabla pattern. Picture the neon lights and gyration of dancers at nightclubs in the Caribbean: merengue grooves mingle with African drums, fiery piano duels percolating congas. Or, a modern jazz band swinging inside African drums, bells and shakers.

Like the Big Bang itself, initiation for Cubist came from within and outside of its benevolent explosion, conveyed in the life cycle of the Red Giant star called Aldeberan—the first track on the disc. Sensing complementary “big” orchestral sounds were necessary to tell the epic story of stellar life and death, Leake incorporated large concert bass drums, timpani, chimes and bells, plus immense tam tam and gongs. Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music provided an ample laboratory where, alone, story-teller and scientist emerged, mixing layers of sound to destroy the great star in both climax and rebirth.

Jerry began his percussion quest as a young boy. “I savored the discovery of connecting dots in my music to those in my life. I was able to see myself through the history of various drums and my own process of learning about each of them.” Gradually, Leake’s passion for percussion fuelled a hunger for exploration that led him to studies at Berklee College of Music, then India, Africa, and Latin America.

Over 30 years of experimenting, combining, and layering his personal and worldly musical history ‘discovery’ remains a central part of Jerry’s mission. “Everything I create is based on some integral and traceable origin,” said Leake. “I strive to add my own contemporary composing and arranging skills to find a common thread with the present into the past—a sort of future-ancient perspective where today has already become history.

It is no coincidence that the music in Cubist reinvigorates the concepts presented by the Cubist movement in the early 20th century. Like Picasso, Leake set out to represent each musical object—each theme, instrument, and influence—from all sides, in relation to the listener. As a result, a more profound musical awareness and aesthetic evolved with sounds that intertwine human experience with global music experience.

Jerry’s music envokes the entire body of the listener, not just the ears or the intellect. When listening to this new direction in contemporary music you can discern the unique methods to the rhythmic madness and invention of Cubist.

But don’t just listen to us:

“Cubist” by percussionist/vibist/ Jerry Leake is about as eclectic an album as you can make, but it does not tread lightly. Cubist is well informed on so many fronts that it is rather staggering. Many people attempt this kind of thing by virtue of sampling bits from various diverse musical traditions; not here, Jerry plays them all. I can relate at a certain level being an American who feels his duty is to follow his heart, but Jerry takes it a step further. Some tunes are purely in line with West Africa, some with north India and some with the Grateful Dead and more, but mostly the diverse musical ideas, forms and techniques in Mr. Leake's head have become a very evolved and complex tasting stew. If you take the time to really check it out you will find mastery on many levels. Only devotion and constant evolution in life and music could produce "Cubist:  shapes of sound & time".
— Jamey Haddad, world percussionist with Paul Simon

Deep rooted grooves, concepts and ideas from a truly versatile and powerful Master of World Percussion!
— Tupac Mantilla, percussionist with Julian Ladge

“Cubist” is an intellectual and accessible CD from start to finish showcasing Jerry Leake’s incredible proficiency on a multitude of world percussion instruments. Each song has a unique mixture of soul and instrumentation. Truly a masterpiece by an amazing and inspirational musician.”
— Tom Ulichny, musician

Jerry seamlessly blends music from literally all over the world in a way only possible by a person with the hands of a percussion virtuoso and the mind of an artistic, creative composer…the album still has the improvisation and spontaneity that are the essence of jazz.
— Ben Paulding, musician

Jerry Leake crafts an alternate reality of sound that draws the listener in so compellingly that we barely notice all the labor and skill involved in its creation. The music creates a pure emotional landscape without resorting to any sentimentality or gimmicks; the sound is mathematically pure and precise.
— Sarah Noack, fan

As a dancer, I see music and all of the shapes, lines, spaces and synergies within the moving music molecules. “Cubist” sparks combustible creative energy, the context of which changes every time I encounter it. “Cubist” will certainly inspire interesting and novel choreographies, the world round.
— Onpoint, dancer

Jerry Leake teaches at the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music in Boston.  To learn more about Jerry, his world-music CDs, and a library of authored percussion books visit:  www.rhombuspublishing.com

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