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Clay Giberson: Pastures

Read "Pastures" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Clay Giberson has a fifteen year resume of fine recordings on Seattle's Origin Records label. The discs are, for the most part, solo and trio outings, with the trio sets appearing under his own name or that of his long-standing Upper Left Trio. Some examples: Spaceton's Approach, (2008), and Minga Minga (2015) as Clay Giberson; and Sell Your Soul Side, (2006), and Ulternative, (2012), with the Upper Left Trio. With Pastures, the pianist goes the quartet mode, ...


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Clay Giberson: Minga Minga

Read "Minga Minga" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

From the mouth of his young daughter came the four playful syllables that don't mean a thing in the adult world, but Portland, Oregon-based pianist Clay Giberson took the idea--and the momentous event of the birth of his child--and went into the studio to record solo, every day for two weeks. The result is Minga Minga. Giberson's association with Origin Records has been a fruitful one, featuring a double handful of excellent albums, with his Upper Left Trio ...


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Clay Giberson: Spaceton's Approach

Read "Spaceton's Approach" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

There's much to be said for holding a band together over the course of years and performances and album/CD releases, honing the familiarity, comfort level and the intricacies of interplay. Think of the two great Miles Davis Quintets, or Keith Jarrett's Standards Trio.There's also a lot to be said for the one-off affairs, the freshness and spontaneity and energy of a group of like-minded artists getting together for a single recording.Pianist Clay Giberson's working unit is ...


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Clay Giberson: Aiming True, Volume 1

Read "Aiming True, Volume 1" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Clay Giberson last crossed my radar playing with the Upper Room Trio on last year's well-received Cycling . His current release, Aiming True, Volume 1, is a solo piano excursion into moody, nocturnal climes. Is this jazz? Is this New Age? Does this belong on Hearts of Space ? Affirmative to all three. Labels are not important when the music performed is this finely crafted. Giberson is a careful composer, never wasting notes or harmonies. His playing shimmers with quiet ...


Album Review

Clay Giberson: Aiming True

Read "Aiming True" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

On his solo piano effort Aiming True, Clay Giberson is like a poet, center stage, naked, voicing deep personal musings; or a singer, a cappella, seeking truths with the rhythm of the syllables, the rise and fall of intonations in a world seemingly indifferent to the search. Just Clay Giberson, two hands and a piano, and a universe of probing sound in eighty-eight keys.Mr. Giberson came to my attention with the Upper Left Trio's Cycling (Origin, 2003), a ...


Album Review

Clay Giberson: Upper Road

Read "Upper Road" reviewed by Paul West

Like a lot of seasoned, contemporary jazz pianists, Clay Giberson creates music that just about always works, but always works its most magic when it takes chances and breaks free from tradition. It’s not so much a problem in contemporary jazz as it is an ever-so-slightly unfulfilled promise: it’s music that is fine, damn fine even, for what it is, but always hints at going somewhere a little more special.

With Upper Road, Giberson and an extensive crew run a ...


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