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by a father who danced a wicked Tango, Gerry was born with sticks in his hand
and a rose between his teeth. His musical odyssey through the rust belt took him
from a borrowed snare drum in his parents basement to the prestigious music factory
at Indiana University. It was here, under the tutelage of session monster Kenny
Aronoff and jazz great David Baker, |
that Gerry's unique voice
emerged. After receiving
his degree in drumset performance, Gerry
to his native Cleveland to co-found the
super-hip indie rock outfit, Dakota
When not laying down popalicious
grooves for the female-fronted
Gerry could be found weaving rhythms with
griot, Alassane Sarr,
in the West African band "Smoking Wolofs."
Whether it's an intense polyrhythm, or a laid back
juke joint shuffle,
Gerry commands the kit and
plays from the heart.
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laying down simple grooves in the seven member band
Artichoke, but there's a certain freedom that comes
with playing in a small group. And I couldn't get
much smaller than 2 and still call it a group. So
I've been working on my own project of duets that
involve the drumset and one other instrument. This
tune,"Something Like," and video are the
first of hopefully several of my duets. This one
is vocals and drums.
The rhythm I chose is loosely based on a samba however
I wanted to see if I could stretch out of the latin
or latin jazz genre. And that is exactly why I asked
indie rocker Liz Whitman (of Kiddo fame) to join
me on this one. She sang a simple jump-rope-like
melody and I said "That's it. Perfect."
It's live (although there is one vocal overdub)
and we took two takes (thanks to Dave at Scorpio
Studio in Cleveland, OH.) We liked take #1 the best.
My brush technique on this track is not exactly
traditional. And that is the point. I wanted to
take a simple idea (the kick pattern of a samba)
and stretch it into something else.
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