Bond: The Paris Sessions Emarcy 2011
In conversation with the publicist back in late January I was very excited to hear of this new release! My excitement was obviously matched by the publicist as she took the time, trouble and expense to UPS an advance copy to my residence!!!
Clayton's talent at the piano is so unique; so highly evolved from both a performance and compositional standpoint that giving a musical frame of reference simply is not appropriate or even possible in this context. Gerald Clayton is 26.
Bond: The Paris Sessions is an admittedly "personal" recording. The fusion of styles, rhythms and texture with Clayton's own unique and evolving musical vision.
Melodic yet at times adventurously experimental without ever going too far off the beaten path; Clayton is forging a new and distinctive voice for jazz piano.
The trio includes bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown. The musical interplay within the trio is as one voice but with great depth. Musically expansive; this musical melting pot of style, rhythm and texture involves the old and the new or as Clayton puts it: " Tradition and Innovation can peacefully coexist".
A subtle "funk" creeps in and out of various tunes adding a flavor of dimension that makes this recording take flight. A musical vibrancy that carries you along in its wake.
A Down Beat 2010 critics poll rising star winner. A two time Grammy nominee.
Gerald Clayton is no longer a rising star. Gerald Clayton has arrived and he brings the new sound of jazz!
Special thanks to my friends at decca/emarcy. Be sure and check out http://www.deccarecords-us.com/ for more information.