The 19-piece Clayton-Hamilton band had just finished a tour of Cleveland, New York City and Washington, D.C., in May 2004. While “relaxing” in Pittsburgh the group recorded the tunes it had run through every night on the road. The orchestra was ready-and so was the crowd at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Conductor-bassist John Clayton did all the arrangements, and they’re loose, biting, explosive and oh so swinging. He has himself and the other side of the hyphen, hyperactive drummer Jeff Hamilton, to blame.
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