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Clifford Jarvis


A good drummer in either totally free or very difficult bop configurations, Clifford Jarvis was featured on many ’60s and ’70s albums. He demonstrated both a regularly engaging, rhythmically varied, and audio drummer, and an excellent percussionist, adding textures and colours to African and Latin devices. Jarvis analyzed at Berklee with Alan Dawson within the middle- and past due ’50s, then relocated to NY. He documented with Chet Baker, Randy Weston, Yusef Lateef, Freddie Hubbard, Barry Harris, Jackie McLean, and Elmo Wish from 1959 to 1966, while also using Give Green and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Jarvis caused Sunlight Ra from 1962 to 1976, trimming several information. He also used Pharoah Sanders, and documented with Sonny Simmons, Alice Coltrane, and Sanders in the first ’70s. Jarvis consequently documented with Kenny Drew and Walter Davis in the past due ’70s, along with Archie Shepp in 1985. He is able to be noticed on reissues by Sanders, Hubbard, among others.

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Date Of Birth August 26, 1941
Died November 26, 1999, London, United Kingdom
Education Berklee College of Music
Nationality American
Music Songs Love in Outer Space, Moon Dance, Tenderness, A Call for All Demons, Plutonian Nights, Springtime Again, God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be, Enlightenment, The Magic City, Bassism, Pan Afro, Space Is the Place, Friendly Galaxy, Lights of a Satellite, Watusa, Demon's Lullaby, Somebody Else's World, Cosmic Chaos, Round Midnight, Worlds Approaching, The All of Everything, The Shadow World, To Nature's God, Yucatan, My Favorite Things, Love Is For Always, Space Jazz Reverie, We Travel the Spaceways, The Golden Lady, My Brother the Wind, Blithe Spirit Dance, Planet Earth
Albums The Magic City, Nidhamu, Strange Celestial Road, Some Blues But Not the Kind That's Blue, The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Volume Two, Outer Spaceways Incorporated, God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be, Sub Underground, Atlantis

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1 Had a son with avant-jazz vocalist Patty Waters.
2 Prolific jazz drummer who studied at Berklee College in Boston, possibly best noted for his collaborations with experimental artist Sun Ra.



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Archie Shepp: I Am Jazz... It's My Life 1984 Documentary Himself
The Magic Sun 1966 Short Himself

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