The Clayton Brothers Quintet: Back in the Swing of Things (2005)
It's always difficult to pick favorites out of a Clayton Brothers bouquet, given their well-deserved reputation for consistent excellence, but especially vaulting moments include the languid beauty of "Ultra Sensitive" and "Next Time"; the bounce of the title track, with its delicious interlude of sax and trumpet hide-and-seek; the incredibly soulful, crystalline playing of Terell Stafford; and John's deep and velvety solo version of "Round Midnight."
It's easy to enjoy this open-hearted musical celebration; what's difficult is understanding the title"Back in the Swing of Things"since the Clayton Brothers have never stopped swinging. And long may they wave!
Track Listing: Gina's Groove; Blow Your Horn; 1-5-10; Firestorm; Ultra Sensitive; Professor T; Bass Statement #1; Back in the Swing of Things; Round Midnight; Next Time; I Don't Need No Band; Critical Mass; Bass Statement #2; Quick Delivery.
Personnel: John Clayton: bass; Jeff Clayton: alto saxophone, flute; Terell Stafford: trumpet; Bill Cunliffe: piano; Gerald Clayton: piano (1,14); Anthony Wilson: guitar (5); Jeff Hamilton: drums.
Record Label: Hyena Records