The honors common experience for the fall of 2006 featured two recordings and visits by two of the most innovative and in demand drummers and composers on the jazz scene. Gerald Cleaver's Adjust (Fresh Sounds-New Talent) and Matt Wilson's Going Once, Going Twice (Palmetto Records). Led by Prentiss M. Brown Distinguished Honors Professor, Dr. Andrew Bishop, the two recordings were examined, exhibiting the wide array of technical and expressive qualities available in today's jazz idiom. Both Cleaver and Wilson reside in New York City, have ties to the upper Midwest, and visited Albion's campus for a lecture demonstration. These two artists were on the Albion College campus to perform on Monday, September 11th and on Wednesday, October 11th in Norris 101.
Gerald Cleaver is a versatile drummer and composer originally from Detroit, Michigan and now based in Brooklyn, New York. His recording Adjust (Fresh Sound New Talent)—featuring Andrew Bishop, Mat Maneri, Craig Taborn, Ben Monder, and Reid Anderson—received a "debut record of the year" nomination from the Jazz Journalists' Association. He has performed with Muhal Richard Abrams, David Berkman, Tim Berne, Kenny Burrell, Marilyn Crispell, Marty Ehrlich, Ellery Eskelin, Tommy Flanagan, Charles Gayle, Mark Helias, Hank Jones, John Lindberg, Kevin Mahogany, Roscoe Mitchell, Andrea Parkins, Jacky Terrasson, Henry Threadgill, Mark Turner, Mathew Shipp, Rodney Whitaker, Reggie Workman, and many others.