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John Clayton with Gerald Clayton: Parlor Series

For years now, eminent bassist John Clayton has been pursuing what he calls a longstanding dream: asking pianists he admires to record duets in a manner so relaxed and intimate it’s as if they are playing in the parlor of his home. The now-deceased pianists Hank Jones and Mulgrew Miller are among the collaborators Clayton … Read More “John Clayton with Gerald Clayton: Parlor Series”

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Gerald Clayton: Life Forum

Gerald Clayton switches up his game on this thrilling disc. He ups the conceptual ante and widens his sonic palette to include trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, saxophonists Logan Richardson and Dayna Stephens, and singers Gretchen Parlato and Sachal Vasandani. Immediately you sense the explicit new direction on the somber opening cut, “A Life Forum,” which features … Read More “Gerald Clayton: Life Forum”

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Gerald Clayton: Two-Shade

The title of this recording implies a dissolving duality; a single, new color emerging when two are blended. Indeed, Gerald Clayton’s debut as a leader, following stints with Lewis Nash, Al Foster, Clark Terry and Roy Hargrove, among others, reflects the importance he places on honoring tradition while finding his own voice and direction. The … Read More “Gerald Clayton: Two-Shade”

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