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Gerald Clayton's Two Shade Released!

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Gerald Clayton After much anticipation, the new Gerald Clayton trio record, Two Shade has been released on ArtistShare. The album features Joe Sanders on bass and Justin Brown on drums.

Two shade showcases Clayton's compositions, with 11 original pieces, and a great take on the Dizzy Gillespie tune, “Con Alma".

At the age of 25, Clayton is already a veteran of the Jazz music scene and has built a strong following through his extensive work with the top musicians in the field such as Roy Hargrove

Roy Hargrove
Roy Hargrove
b.1969
trumpet
, Diana Krall
Diana Krall
Diana Krall
b.1964
piano
, Hank Jones
Hank Jones
Hank Jones
1918 - 2010
piano
, Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron
b.1943
piano
, Mulgrew Miller
Mulgrew Miller
Mulgrew Miller
1955 - 2013
piano
, Lewis Nash
Lewis Nash
Lewis Nash
b.1958
drums
, Al Foster
Al Foster
Al Foster
b.1944
drums
, Terrell Stafford, Clark Terry
Clark Terry
Clark Terry
b.1920
trumpet
, Benny Green
Benny Green
Benny Green
b.1963
piano
, and, of course, The Clayton Brothers (which includes his father the bassist John Clayton
John Clayton
John Clayton
b.1952
bass, acoustic
and his uncle saxophonist Jeff Clayton).

From the first notes of Two-Shade, it is clear that Clayton has not only learned from the great Jazz masters before him but he embodies the spirit and and the language of these great musicians. With the technique of Oscar Peterson, the rhythmic and melodic inventiveness of Monty Alexander, the compositional approach of Billy Childs, and the solid left hand underpinning of his father John, the results are not only stunning but fresh, original and distinctly the music of today. Citing influences ranging from Freddie Hubbard to the Fugees, it is also clear that Gerald is a leader of the new generation of young Jazz musicians equally dedicated to both tradition and innovation.

In Gerald's own words:
I have listened to lots of different musical styles as long as I can remember. I continue to absorb all these influences and in doing so create my own voice by combining their forces into a harmonic whole, I seek to blend the various styles and sounds I love into a balanced, tasteful musical language.
--Gerald Clayton

Continuing in the spirit of innovation, Two-Shade is a fan-funded project through the ArtistShare label which has produced 4 Grammy award winning Jazz CDs and 11 nominations since 2004.


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