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Bond: The Paris Sessions

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Bond: The Paris Sessions was recorded at Studio de Meudon in Paris and engineered by Grammyr-winner Joel Moss. 'I'm very excited to share this project with everyone, as it exhibits a new level of chemistry that has developed between the three of us. Since each of the compositions is dedicated to various personal bonds in my life, listening back conjures up specific memories and emotions for me. I hope the listener will enjoy the musical conversations taking place as much as I value the opportunity to bond with the trio.' says Gerald. Bond is more than a merging of musical styles- it is a fusion of young and old, combining time-honored melodies with hip rhythms... the new sound of jazz. Gerald's own trio provides him with the vehicle to explore and expand on his own vision of the music. At just 26, Clayton performs with the ease of a veteran Jazz musician and has worked with some of the top musicians in the field such as Roy Hargrove, Diana Krall, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash, Al Foster and The Clayton Brothers (which includes his father the bassist John Clayton and his uncle saxophonist Jeff Clayton). Showing he is one of the leaders of the new generation of young Jazz musicians, Clayton branched out on his own to form the Gerald Clayton Trio in 2008 featuring Justin Brown (drums) and Joe Sanders (bass). Proving he is a force to be reckoned with in the Jazz community, Clayton continues to challenge himself musically every day.

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Gerald Clayton has been one of the bright lights of his generation, playing with the Clayton Brothers (co-led by his father and uncle), accompanying instrumentalists (Roy Hargrove, Don Braden, and Ambrose Akinmusire), jazz vocalists (Roberta Gambarini, Diana Krall, and Melissa Morgan), jazz-pop singers (Michael Bublé and Reneé Olstead), in addition to leading his own band and composing. His second release as a leader is a trio session with bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown, plus some solo piano tracks. His interpretations of standards are remarkably fresh, considering how often they have been recorded in a jazz setting. He sets up "If I Were a Bell" with a subtle vamp as he slowly works his way into it, delivering a witty performance well supported by his sidemen. Clayton eschews the famous introduction to "All the Things You Are" added by Dizzy Gillespie, preferring to delve directly into the song, with a tense, understated approach that simmers but never reaches the boiling point. His solo take of "Nobody Else But Me" is full of intricately interwoven lines while still swinging like mad. Where Clayton really stands apart from young musicians of his generation is as a composer. He shows a surprising maturity for his age, as his pieces display a wealth of stylistic influences yet retain memorable themes that hold one's interest as well. Highlights including his dramatic three-part suite, his Impressionist "Sun Glimpse," and the touching lyrical ballad "Hank." -- All Music Guide

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. If I Were A Bell
  2. Bond: The Cast
  3. Bootleg Bruise
  4. Major Hope
  5. Bond: Fresh Squeeze
  6. Snake Bite
  7. Sun Glimpse
  8. Which Persons?
  9. 3D
  10. Nobody Else But Me
  11. All The Things You Are
  12. Bond: The Release
  13. Shout And Cry
  14. Round Come Round
  15. Hank
  16. Bond: Burn


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 10, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EmArcy
  • ASIN: B004GHPCX8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By C. Payne on November 24, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
If you're here... checking out this CD... then, most likely you know why. Buy this CD. This is not just one more CD... This deserves many listenings and then some.

I am actually writing this mainly to say that I don't understand the 3 star rating that Traveling Man gave this CD. I'm glad he shared his opinion and I love the fact that he has an opinion and shared it. That helps a lot. I think most people just repeat what others say rather than forming their own opinion. For me, the rest of this CD is consistent with the samples you hear... of course it helps to hear things in the context of the whole song... but, I very much think they're playing together, unselfishly and for the music and group. I am a modern Jazz drummer and one of the things I can't stand and that I'm very sensitive to is people playing from their ego. I can just shut my eyes, relax and enjoy this music... I'm not distracted by anyone's hot licks. It also doesn't sound like they barely pulled off each track and these are the one's that made the cut... it really sounds authentic... like this is how they play... and they play wonderfully. This really is so nice. Okay, that's enough from me... just buy it.
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In the compositions, arrangements and interpretations, Gerald Clayton and his musical partners have created an album of transparent beauty. I think that Mr. Clayton is the young extension of Herbie Hancock, and I mean that with high praise and respect.
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I am a true jazz lover and upon obtaining this fine cd I soon found another gifted group...It is very clean, and wonderfully composed music..Great to listen to in the car while just going on a trip to nowhere...
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The Gerald Clayton Trio has made a wonderful recording here. The music is completely engaging, original, and creative. Gerald Clayton's piano playing is superb! Beautiful, spiritual, tightly played. I also recommend their other recording, "Two Shade."
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Last Saturday I was at their concert in Amsterdam. Immediately after I bought this album. What a great group and what a marvelous recording! The pianist, Gerald Clayton, is truly amazing. Guys, you deserve to be world famous!
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A wonderful example of a young trio that works !! Gerald Clayton is surely the diamond here but also the rythm section works great , displaying great arrangements , specials and so on . An higly recomandable work , fresh and full of life .
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