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The Turning

by Jerry Leake

Percussion expansions which explore original, traditional, and contemporary arrangements of African, Indian, and Jazz music
Genre: World: African
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6. Letter to Evan
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7. Blue in Green
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8. The Turning
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Jerry Leake is co-founder of the acclaimed world-music ensemble Natraj, whose four recordings feature his diverse percussion talents. He also co-founded and performs with Club d'Elf, R.A.R.E, Moksha, BodyGrooves, and the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society. He is featured on dozens of CDs and has released several CDs of his own music. On tabla, he has accompanied Ali Akbar Khan, Steve Gorn, Sharafat Ali Khan, Kumkum Sanyal, Chitravena Ravikiran, Peter Row, Purnima Sen, and kathak dancer Gretchen Hayden.

He has toured with Persian masters, Shahram and Hafez Nazeri; ongoing performances with flamenco virtuoso, Juanito Pascual; with Natraj: JazzYatra, Bombay, India; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; Lake George Jazz Weekend, NY; PANAFEST, Accra and Cape Coast, Ghana; Oberlin College, OH; Prayojana Festival, Bangalore and Chennai, India; India-50 Celebration, Hatch Shell, MA; Guelph Jazz Festival, ON; New Year's Portland ME; Festival of Black Music, MA; Saranac Lake Concerts, NY; U. of Texas, TX; Portsmouth Jazz Weekend, NH; Tsai Performance Center, MA; CB's 313 Gallery, NY; Asian American Creative Music Festival, MA; CAV, RI; Institute of Technology, MA; Musikfest, PA; First Night, MA; Boston Globe Jazz Festival, MA; Community Arts Series, MA; Academy of Indian Performing Arts; MA; Anthony's Southside, PA; Norwood Village Green Concerts, NY; Cambridge River Festival, MA; L/A Arts, ME; First Night Hartford, CT; Regattabar Jazz Festival, MA; Waterfront Park Concert Series, MA; Columbia University, NY; Moses Greeley Parker Concert Series, MA; Peabody Essex Museum, MA; Bowdoin College, ME; Berklee Performance Center, MA; MIT Kresge Auditorium w/Hands On’Semble, MA; Jacob’s Pillow, MA; Jordan Hall, MA; Jothi Raghavan’s Karnatak Theater Company, MA; Cultural Constructions, MA; David Maxwell Ensemble; Bob Moses; George Schuller; Les Miserables Brass Band, MA; Natalie Twigg Arts Foundation, MO; solo performance: Live Music Week, Emerson College Radio (WERS), MA; With Club d'Elf: performances with John Medesky, Hassan Hakmoun, Mat Maneri, Brahim Fribgane, Bob Moses, Dave Tronzo, Duke Levine, Randy Roos, Gerry Leonard, Kenwood Denard.

Jerry has been a guest lecturer at the U. of Wisconsin, U. of S. Maine, Gordon Col., Salem State Col., B.U., U. of Amherst, North Hampton Col., Dartmouth Univ., MIT, Harvard Univ., Holy Cross Col., Boston Col., Emerson Col., master class with Bob Becker (NEC) • In Chennai, India at Sri Jaya Ganesh Tala Vadya Vidyalaya School of Karnatak music; Kalekshetra Dance Foundation; two-day workshop and performance (sponsored by the U.S. Consulate) with the National Folklore Support Center and the Tamil theatre group “Koothu-p-Pattarai.” Program included live 2 hr. radio performance of solo percussion.

Jerry graduated from the Berklee College of Music where he studied jazz vibraphone with Gary Burton and hand percussion with Pablo Landrum. He studied tabla in Pune, India with Rajiv Devasthali, and studies in Boston with Todd Nardin and Koashal Anand. In Chennai, India, Jerry studied Karnatic rhythm theory and mridangam with T. K. Ramakrishnan. He continues to study African music with Dolsi-Naa Abubakari Luna of the Dagomba tradition (northern Ghana) and has studied Ewe music (southern Ghana) with Godwin Agbeli and David Locke, and balafon/djembe with the Coulibaly family in Burkina Faso. He has written eight widely used texts on North Indian, West African, Latin American percussion, and rhythm theory.

Jerry is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and Tufts University, and is substitute teacher for Jamey Haddad at Berklee. He teaches a summer graduate course on world percussion at the University of Southern Maine, and directed a 6-day rhythm theory seminar at the New England Conservatory in 2002. He presents percussion clinics and solo concerts throughout New England. Jerry is former president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and has been a composer and member of the Portland Symphony Kinder Koncert percussion ensemble since 1984.


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Austin Hill

New World Rhythm
Jerry Leake has put out the definitive album for things you hit with hands and sticks.   The fact that he uses instruments from the world over makes it impossible to regionalize the sound, yet it sounds rooted in tradition because the initial rhythms are classic.   The intrigue is furthered by his interesting choice of instuments, creating a sound that at times sounds grounded and abstract at the same time.   I would classify this as New World Rhthym, if that means anything.!  It's a beautiful undefinable journey into rhythm.

Dave Weigert

I'm listening repeatedly letting the rhythms sink in.
Jerry Leake plays many unique world percussion instruments on this CD blending authentic rhythms and timbres from around the world in the spirit of each culture. The performance is outstanding, accurate, intense, but remains relaxed and grooving. I'm listening repeatedly hoping to internalize this intriguing music and the emotions it evokes. I highly recommend "The Turning".
Dave Weigert
Professor-Berklee College of Music
Author-"Jazz Workshop for Bass and Drums."

Scott Stevens, World Music Director, KAOS Olympia Community Radi


Excellent! We will definitely spin it!

jan gipcie

the turning
yes, this one is really, really good. Great to dance to, because each track moves to a new beat and has so many voices to dance with!

Rhythmtripper

Pure Joy
Music is so powerfull, able to change how a person feels at the moment. In this case, Jerry\'s music brings joy to me and you can never have too much of that. Thanks Jerry, a percussive pallet of colorful sounds that brings joy to the listener.