Pheeroan aklaff is a Detroit born drum-set doyen who emerged amid a cadre of New York based composers and improvisors. After an inspired mentoring with Travis Biggs he left Detroit to start a band with Dwight Andrews in New Haven Connecticut. There he befriended John Coltrane's twilight drummer Rashied Ali in 1975 while auditing the African Art class of Robert Ferris Thompson. He began building associations with several musicians, writers, visual, and theater artists and was heard playing the music of Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Anthony Davis, Henry Threadgill, Amina Claudine Myers, among other stridently creative composers. akLaff was impacted by residencies in Abidjian, Cote D'Ivoire and Lagos Nigeria in 1981, and released an LP of percussion collages entitled House of Spirit;Mirth. His next release was an EP of Afro-pop focus entitled Fits Like A Glove. In subsequent years he intermittently composed for and led ensembles, while his accompaniment activity expanded to include Cecil Taylor, Andrew Hill, Yamashita Yosuke, Tom Pierson, Dewey Redman, Sonny Sharrock and augment a discography of hundreds of albums. His current activities explore international music collaborations, music-neuroscience research, and civic enrichment. 

He is fastidious, a percussive perfectionist who plays with crisp, pinpoint definition and always goes for the groove.” Robert Palmer N.Y. Times"


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DISCOGRAPHY

Ensemble Leader Recordings

Hana Dharma 2019 upcoming

Live at Yahagi - Modern Masters 2018
The Willisau Concert - Modern Masters 2014
Live in Japan Volume One - Modern Masters 2012
Brooklyn Waters -2000 - Michael Cain, Florian Feuser
Global Mantras, - Modern Masters - 1997
Sonogram - Mu 1989
Fits Like A Glove - Gramavision 1983

Solo Recordings
Drumßet Variations - Modern Masters 2010
Drumset Variations - Mu 2001
House of Spirit; Mirth-1981 Passin’ Thru Re-released in 2011 by Souljazz
Duo Recordings
Brooklyn Waters, 1999, with Michael Cain
Revolutionary Quill, 2003, with Anthony Braxton
Selected Recordings as Accompanist
Geri Allen:
• Maroons (Blue Note, 1992) Ray Anderson:
• What Because (Gramavision, 1989) Anthony Braxton:
• The Charlie Parker Project ( Braxton House 2017) Live Piano Quartet (Leo, 1995) 
• Seven Standards (Knitting Factory, 1995) Don Byron:
• New Gospel Quintet, (Verve 2010) Tuskegee Experiments (Elektra/Nonesuch, 
 1989)
• Bug Music (Nonesuch, 1990) Baikida Carroll:
• Shadows and Reflections (Soul Note, 1982)
• Door of the Cage (Soul Note, 1995) Dorothy Cowfield - No Broken Dreams (Street Meeting 2008), Cows in the Sky (Street Meeting 2004), I'm A Cowgirl ( Street Meeting 2000), Anthony Davis:
• Of Blues and Dreams (Sackville, 1978)
• Hidden Voices (India Navigation, 1979)
• Episteme (Gramavision, 1981)
• Hemispheres (Gramavision, 1983)
• Ghost Factory (Gramavision, 1987)
• X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X 
 (Gramavision, 1992)
• The Enemy of Light, Marty Ehrlich:
• The Welcome (Sound Aspects, 1984) Fool Proof:
• No Friction(Mesa Blue Moon, 1988) Craig Harris:
• Shelter (JMT, 1986) Jerome Harris:
• Algorithms (Minor Music, 1986) Jay Hoggard:
• Love Survives (Gramavision, 1983)
• Riverside Dance (India Navigation, 1984)
• Love is the Answer (Muse, 1994) Michael Gregory Jackson:
• Gifts (Arista/Novus, 1979)
• Heart and Center (Arista/Novus, 1979) Oliver Lake:
• Holding Together (Black Saint, 1976)
• Life Dance of Is (Jive/Novus, 1978)
• Shine (Jive/Novus, 1978)
• The Prophet (Black Saint, 1981)
• Clevont Fitzhubert (Black Saint, 1981)
• Jump Up(Gramavision, 1981)
• Plug It (Gramavision, 1982)
• Compilation (Rhino, 1982)
• Expandable Language (Black Saint, 1984)
• Gallery (Gramavision, 1986)
• Impala (Mesa Blue Moon, 1988)
• Again and Again (Gramavision, 1991)
• Virtual Reality: Total Escapism (Gazell, 1991)
• Live at Willisau (Hat Art, 1995) Amina ClaudineMyers:
• Song for Mother Earth (Leo, 1979) David Murray:
Karmen Gei • Quartet Live at the Village Vanguard, Yonn De New Air:
• Live at the Montreux International Jazz Festival (Black Saint, 1983)
• Air Show No. 1 (Black Saint, 1986) James Newton:
• African Flower (Blue Note, 1985)
• Romance and Revolution (Blue Note, 1986) Charles Papasoff:
• Papasoff (Red Toucan, 1993) Tom Pierson:
•The Last Chord, The Hidden Goddess, Left Right, Planet of Tears , (Auteur ) Rob Reddy:
• Post-War Euphoria, Songs You Can Trust (Songlines, 1996) Michelle Rosewoman:
• The Source (Soul Note, 1984) Sonny Sharrock:
• Seize the Rainbow (Enemy, 1987)
• Live in New York (Enemy, 1989)
• Into Another Light (Enemy, 1996) Fred Simmons:
• Going Forth (1996) Wadada Leo Smith:
• Rosa Parks, The National Parks Suite ( Cuneiform 2016) Ten Freedom Summer (Cuneiform 2012) Spiritual Dimensions ( Cuneiform 2010)  Hearts Reflection (Cuneiform 2009)  Song of Humility (KaBel, 1977)
• Spirit Catcher (Nessa, 1980) Liu Sola
• Haunts (Also 1998) Live in Beijing (Also 1999) Apparitions (Also 2000) Paul Sullivan:
• Visit to the Rockies (River Music, 1987) Henry Threadgill:
• When Was That? (About Time, 1982)
• Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket 
 (About Time, 1983)
• Subject to Change (About Time, 1984)
• You Know the Number (Jive/Novus, 1986)
• Easily Slip Into Another World 
 (Jive/Novus, 1987)
• Makin’ a Move (Sony, 1995) Mal Waldron:
• My Dear Family (Evidence/Alfa, 1993) Carlos Ward:
• Live at The Bug
• Faces, Gunther Wehinger
• Cry Flute, (Pao 1995) As Promised (Pao1992) Reggie Workman:
• Summit Conference (Postcards, 1994) Yosuke Yamashita:
 30 Light Years Floating ( Verve 2018), Grandioso, (Verve 2015) Delightful Contrasts, (Verve 2011) Triple Cats, (Verve 2008) Winds of the Ages
• (Verve 2006) Field Of Grooves (Verve 2005), Pacific Crossing (Verve  2004) • Ways Of Time (Verve 2003) • Canvas in Vigor
• (Polygram,2000) Dazzling Days (Polygram, 1994)
• Spider 
•(Verve 1996)  Dazzling Days (Verve 1993)
 Kurdish Dance (Antilles, 1992) 
Sakura Live
 ( Antilles 1991) •Plays Gershwin
• (Verve 1990)Sakura (Antilles 1989)•Crescendo (Kitty 1988)