On Wednesday night (January 26th), I went to Barbes to see my friend and great drummer, Gerald Cleaver. His band was an all star line up: Tony Malaby (saxophone), Craig Taborn (wurlitzer), Drew Gress (bass), and Mat Maneri (electric viola). The music was all originals from Gerald and they were fresh and interesting. Every member in his band are so creative and really know how to play. Mat Maneri really stole the show for me. He is one of the heaviest musicians I have ever had the pleasure to listen to and play with. The moment he touches the instrument, you can’t help but be moved by the beauty of his ideas and sound. The energy of the band was strong and it was a perfect way to end the night for me. Gerald Cleaver is one of the most in demand drummers I know. He lives across the street from me, but I never see him because he is always on the road touring. I am so happy that I got a chance to see his band before he takes off again.