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The Gathering


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Audio CD, January 1, 2012
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ArtistShare
  • ASIN: B009HAMOBM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michele Wilson-Morris on December 14, 2012
Wonderful things happen when great musicians collaborate - there's a synergistic effect that drives the music to new heights as each artist, performing at his or her best, pushes the others to do the same. Case in point: The recently released album, "The Gathering" from the Clayton Brothers (brothers Jeff and John, son/nephew Gerald, and family members bonded by the heartstrings Terrell Stafford and Obed Calviare) with guests Wycliffe Gordon and Stefon Harris. Released on the ArtistShare label, the CD starts out with a stunning medium tempo hard bop tune called "Friday Struttin'" that is sassy and soulful, with a nice also sax solo that swings hard Cannonball Adderley style. The intimate cut has rich, warm tones and is gets the job done of whetting your appetite for the rest of the CD, which incorporates various jazz styles and elements.

The more relaxed bossa nova track "Touch The Fog" features guest Stefon Harris playing vibes with a percussive style and nice solo vibes. Listeners will also find a very lyrical and dynamic performance by Jeff Clayton on flute, and an impressive flugelhorn contribution from Terrell Stafford. Wycliffe Gordon joins the ensemble on "This Ain't Nothing But A Party" and every word of the title is true. I'd have to say that it's hard to pick a favorite on this album, but this is probably mine, as it's funky and smooth, with plenty of swagger and a sax solo that just sings to you. Gerald Clayton tickles the ivory keys well with a slamming solo.

"Stefon Fetchin' It" is exactly what the name implies. The track really allows Harris to shine on vibes, with Wycliffe Gordon also chiming in. It's a very technically sound piece that's performed to perfection. Nice horns and percussion!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Palka on January 24, 2013
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Come to think of it, I don't even know if I spelled "aficionado" correctly. But I am a jazz enthusiast. Buoyed by quite a fine NY Times review I took a chance on the Clayton Brothers and was blown away. Rare it is anymore that I invest in jazz CD's as I have plenty already and have more than a few that I've not listened to in over ten years, to say nothing of probably a hundred LP's still in my collection. I'm something of a snob because I prefer my jazz in old recordings whereby I can "smell" the smoke-filled recording session from performers laden with hangovers and perhaps an unseemly addiction or two. The "pain" makes it all worthwhile because jazz is nothing without feeling. With The Gathering I get all the feeling without my own idiosycratic accoutrements. (Did I spell "accoutrements" correctly? I have no idea and refuse to look it up.) I subsequently bought two copies of the CD and sent one to my brother and another to my brother-in-law who is an aficionado. They loved it too! I'll be shopping the Clayton Brothers again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P.K.Mardak on February 17, 2013
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I was listening to a local radio station and heard Friday Struttin' and had to have it! I didn't expect the rest of the album to be just as amazing! Love these guys. Was not familiar with them, but I am now!
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After recently hearing the Clayton Brothers perform live I sought out this recording and am very happy with it. It arrived new and I have listened often to it. Happy addition to my growing collection of jazz recordings.
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