Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra: Shout Me Out
Just as the listener thinks that CHJO captures and retains the spirit of Basie, the band includes an original ballad, "Yellow Flowers After," that transforms the band's exuberance into an expression of loss akin to "I Remember Clifford." Charles Owens' lilting remembrance of his friend on "One For Horace Tapscott" reworks a fairly simple phrase into a soaring soprano sax flight supported elegantly by Bill Cunliffe and Jeff Hamilton before the band intensifies the feeling through crescendo and extended climax.
After ten big band arrangements that inspire the individual musicians to a high degree of unity and personalized solos, the biggest surprise is the conclusion: John Clayton's virtuosity on Antonio Carlos Jobim's "How Insensitive," the nuances of Clayton's style accented by Hamilton's sensitive percussive like-mindedness.
Shout Me Out; Max; Plunger Mute Syndrome; Yellow Flowers After; Grizzly; Day By Day; Nice To Meet You; One For Horace Tapscott; Barbara's Rose; I Want A Little Girl; How Insensitive
John Clayton, Jr., arco bass; Jeff Clayton, alto sax, flute, oboe, piccolo; Jeff Hamilton, drums; Bijon Watson, "Snooky" Young, Oscar Brashear, Clay Jenkins, Bobby Rodriguez, trumpet; Ira Nepus, Geoge Bohanon, Isaac Smith, Maurice Spears, trombone; Keith Fiddmont, alto sax, clarinet; Rickey Woodard, tenor sax, clarinet; Charles Owens, soprano & tenor sax, clarinet; Lee Callet, baritone sax & bass clarinet; Bill Cunliffe, piano; Jim Hershman, guitar; Christoph Luty, bass
Style: Big Band