Gerald Clayton - Two Shade Voted Must Have CD of 2009


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Gerald Clayton's debut album was released on ArtistShare on July 1st. It has already been getting rave reviews by everyone from the New York Times to jazz.com. Recently, it was voted in the Top 10 Must Have CD's by the Audiophiliac, a part of C-Net. Two Shade made the list along with other acts like Elvis Costello and John Mellencamp.

Steve Guttenburg of the Audiophiliac had this to say about Two Shade:

'Clayton's nimble piano trio delivers hard-driving pieces and explosive improvisations that'll push your hi-fi to the limit. The piano, bass, and drums balance is, musically and sonically, as good as it gets. It may be Clayton's trio, but it's a band of equals. The stereo image is set back, behind the plane of my speakers, so it doesn't have the claustrophobic, up close perspective of most contemporary jazz recordings.'

Jazz blogger Ken Franckling also recently reviewed Two Shade:

'The musical fruit didn’t fall far from the tree for this pianist, the son of bassist John Clayton and nephew of saxophonist Jeff Clayton. He is one of the more interesting pianists on the newest generation to emerge on the New York scene. This wide-ranging session teams Clayton with bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown. Highlights: the funky energy and interplay on 'Boogablues', the solo ballad segue into trio and back on the blended elements of 'Peace for the Moment', the vibrant 'Love All Around', the classical underpinning of the adventuresome 'Sunny Day Go', and his beautiful solo reinvestigation of Dizzy Gillespie’s classic ballad 'Con Alma'.'

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