Posted by Robert J. Carmack
Gerald Clayton has my immediate attention. I was already following saxophonist , Dayna Stephens, from living in the San Francisco bay area in 2003, That led me to young trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire in 2004 ,who prior to moving to New York to study music, he was tearing up the Bandstands. This young man is conjuring up the spirit of great pianists from the deepest pantheons of jazz’s legacy. I don’t want to write too many words, Just listen and pass it on to your friends.
Musicians:Gerald Clayton . piano, Joe Sanders . bass, Justin Brown . drums, Logan Richardson . saxophonists, Dayna Stephens . saxophonists, Ambrose Akinmusire . trumpet, Gretchen Parlato . vocals, Sachal Vasandani . vocals, Carl Hancock Rux . poetry
“Over the course of eight years, with three albums as a leader, several studio projects as a sideman, and countless worldwide performances, pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has established himself as a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists who are fluent in the range of styles that make up today´s jazz lexicon. Hailed by The New York Times for his “huge, authoritative presence,” Clayton is well on his way toward etching his own enduring mark in the long and rich tradition of jazz. Never has this been more apparent than in Life Forum, his latest recording on Concord Jazz and his most ambitious project to date.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIU5pefCYlk