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Eric Kamau Gravatt...
Acknowledgements

Much acknowledgement and respect I have for my principal teachers; "Sharpnack Street Ray", Mr. George Elias Lockhardt II, The late Dr. J. R. Mitchell, Mr. Silas Kinsey, the late Ms. Edith Willard, the late Mr. Adnan Barakat, Lloyd Courtney and the late Mr. Warren McLendon.
Résumé

PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
Since my Philadelphia Pennsylvania youth, I have often had the pleasure of playing drums on stage in either an ensemble or orchestral setting before literally thousands of people, performing music with Stanley Clarke, Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Wallace Roney, Gary Bartz, Ravi Coltrane, Weather Report, John Scofield, Albert Ayler, Don Ayler, Yuri Kageyama, Roberta Flack, Sonny Fortune, Bill Frisell, Woddy Shaw, Derrick Trucks, Roy Hargrove, Bobby Hutcherson, Jackie McLean, Charles Mingus, Donald Byrd, Carlos 'Patato' Valdez, Ladjii Cammara, Booker Irvin, Pharoah Saunders, James Moody, Kenny Dorham, Blue Mitchell, Hank Mobley, Harold Wheeler, Tony Hymas, Donny Hathaway, Paquito D'Rivera, Hino Terumasa, Andrew N. White III, The Milwaukee Symphony, Jimmy Heath, Sam Rivers, Khalid Yasin, George Mraz, Savion Glover, Kikuchi Masabumi Ishmael Reed, Yuri Kageyama, Isaku Kageyama, Kenny Endo and a host of other headline performers.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
1965; Tutored the Percussion section of the Philadelphia All City Elementary School Student’s Symphony Orchestra
1967-1969; Directed full time music program for The New Thing Art & Architecture Center, Washington, D.C.
1967 - 1969; Co-Instructor for the African Heritage Dancers & Drummers, Washington, D.C.
1980 - Present; Private consultation and Instruction to five clients.
1980 - April 19th, 2001; (Middle Management) Helped the State of Minnesota “teach” convicted felons how to productively structure their time.
LECTURES:
To date, I’ve lectured at The Georgetown Day School, Washington, D.C; Howard University, Washington D.C; Swarthmore College, Swarthmore Pennsylvania; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Kent State University, Kent, Ohio; Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont; Baruch City College, New York City, New York; Livingston College, New Brunswick, New Jersey; Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio; The Children’s Theater Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota and the A.N. School of Contemporary Music, Tokyo & Los Angeles.

DISCOGRAPHY:
Examples of my work may be heard (wholly or in part, electronically altered *) upon any of the following vinyl and/or Compact Disc releases:

Eddie Henderson / Inside Out / Capricorn Records
Weather Report / Sweetnighter*/ Columbia Records KC32210
Julian Priester / Love, Love / ECM Records 1044
Takehiro Honda / Salaam, Salaam / East Wind Records EW 7005
Masabumi Kikuchi / East Wind / EW 7001
Terry Plumeri / He Who Lives In Many Places / Airborne Records 0698
Lloyd McNeill / Asha / Asha Recording Company (Asha 1)
Lloyd McNeill / Asha Three / Asha Recording Company (Asha 3)
Natural Life / Unnamed Land / Celebration Recording Company CB 5005
Andrew N. White III / Andrew White Live In The Studio; The Monumental Date Of July 2nd, 1973 / Andrew’s Music Co. Records (Andrew’s 3)
Weather Report / I Sing The Body Electric* / Columbia KC31352 / CK46107
McCoy Tyner / Focal Point / Milestone Records M9072 / OJCCD-1009-2
Byard Lancaster / It’s Not Up To Us / Atlantic-Vortex 2003
Andrew White / Live At The New Thing / (Andrew’s 2)
McCoy Tyner / Inner Voices / Milestone Records M9079
Terumasa Hino / Love Nature / Canyon : Love Records J1006
Joe Henderson / Canyon Lady / Fantasy Prestige Records
Weather Report / Live In Tokyo* / CBS Sony SOPJ 1213XR / SRCS 9139-40
Tony Hymas / Hope Street MN / nato Records 2002 - 777 771

FILM, PROSCENIUM , CONSULTING & AUDIO EXPERIENCE:
Feature part in (then N.E.T. now P.B.S.) “Special” documentary film broadcast nationwide in March 1968 (viz., “Color Us Black”) ; McCutchen & Potter, producers.
Member: The Howard University Players (1968- 1969)
“Blind Singing Beggar” in “Tabernacle”, P.C. Harrison
VOICE-OVERS:
District Of Columbia Police Department (“Officer Friendly”)
U.S. Department of Housing And Development (HUD)
2002; American Composers Forum, Jerome Foundation Composer Commissioning Panelist
@ PRESENT
Having retired in 2001 at the rank of Lieutenant after a twenty-year career with The Minnesota Department Of Corrections, I have resumed my earlier involvement with professional music, often performing on tour with McCoy Tyner and more recenty with a group under my direction, “Source Code”, several very fine players, as I continue my commitment to a recording facility and small on going publishing concern, "1619 Music Company".

Terry Bozzio on Gravatt:
The first time I saw Eric play was at the Keystone Corner in San Francisco, and seeing him play changed my life. There isn't — and maybe never will be — anyone who plays drums with that much intensity. I never fail to mention Eric at my clinics.

I was greatly drawn to his aura behind the kit. And I tried to learn everything that Eric played. His approach comes through in my playing to this day — more than anyone else's.

Wayne Shorter on Gravatt:
"Eric was the one. Miles wanted him, but he came with us in Weather Report. Eric is teaching now, and he is still explosive when he speaks. He had bounce in his rhythm that would bounce off the floor and carry the music up to the ceiling. He had this ethnic sound - the continent of Africa - but with grace. He has a dignity and the flavor of Africa, and of metropolitan cities, all with the element of surprise."
Bill Cole on Gravatt:
Eric was outstanding. Like another great young drummer, Tony Williams, Gravatt has the savvy to listen to what the soloist is playing and to accompany him in a manner that will put the fire and drive into the solo improvisation. He also develops what Clifford Thorton calls a "circle of sound," poly-rhythms and things going with each limb.

Gravatt also played only one solo and it was fascinatingly organized. He built the solo like Frank Lloyd Wright would build a house, organically. It's very difficult for someone who doesn't play the drums to understand how a drummer coordinates himself - how he's able to get his legs and his arms going in a different direction. The left hand spinning, the one stick switching from snare to high-hat, the right foot hitting the other snare straight on. The left foot hitting the bass with still another time and the right smashing down on the cymbal with a good mixed time. And when you're really good like Gravatt, it's sheer magic.











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performed with:

Weather Report
Joe Zawinul
McCoy Tyner
Wayne Shorter
Bill Frisell
Gary Bartz
Woody Shaw
Sam Rivers
Eddie Henderson
Julian Priester
Takehiro Honda
Masabumi Kikuchi
Terry Plumeri
Lloyd McNeill
Natural Life
Andrew N. White III
Byard Lancaster
Joe Henderson
Sonny Fortune
Miroslav Vitous
Airto
Dom Um Romao

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Michael plays while Mr. Gravatt keeps a watchful eye