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Clayton Brothers

The Clayton Brothers Quartet was founded in 1977, and while their paths would sometimes diverge, the brothers continued to share a common musical vision that would draw them back together. Reed player Jeff Clayton began his career as both a touring and studio musician. He recorded important albums with, among others, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Kenny Rodgers, Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Earth, Wind & Fire, and a solo on Madonna's recording "Back in Business"...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Bill Cunliffe: Always Doing It The Right Way

Read "Bill Cunliffe: Always Doing It The Right Way" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Most notably a jazz pianist, it comes as more than a surprise that Bill Cunliffe was not in the same orbit as jazz until he was in college. With the sheer volume of top shelf jazz he has written and recorded since, he would seem to have made up for any lost time. That time, those ...

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News: Video / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The Clayton Brothers Quintet

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The Clayton Brothers Quintet

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring members of the Clayton Brothers Quintet, who will be performing in St. Louis starting next Monday, March 1 through Saturday, March 4 at Jazz at the Bistro. With a crisp, hard-bop sound evoking memories of saxophonist Cannonball Adderley's classic quintet and any number of vintage Blue ...

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Soul Brothers

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2016
Track listing: Bass In the Cracks; Soul Stomps; Long Live the King; Memories of Absent Time; Saturday Night Special; Close Enough for Love; Decisions; We Woke Up, Awake; Until We Get It Right.

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Article: Extended Analysis

SFJAZZ Collective: Live SFJAZZ Center 2013 - The Music of Chick Corea & New Compositions

Read "SFJAZZ Collective: Live SFJAZZ Center 2013 - The Music of Chick Corea & New Compositions" reviewed by John Kelman


Some things change, some things stay the same. After two successive recordings and tours with an identical lineup--a first in its now 10-year history--the SFJAZZ Collective once again undergoes some minor personnel shifts. More important, however, is that Live SFJAZZ Center 2013: The Music of Chick Corea & New Compositions comes a full two years after ...

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The Gathering

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2013
Track listing: Friday Struttin'; Tsunami; Touch The Fog; This Ain't Nothin' But A Party; Stefon Fetchin' It; Don't Explain; Coupe De Cone; Somealways; Souvenir; Blues Gathering; Simple Pleasure; The Happiest Of Times.

Article: Album Review

Clayton Brothers: The Gathering

Read "The Gathering" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Non è sempre detto che i segni del passato, quando vengono riproposti con onesto senso di devozione e vocazione, debbano a tutti i costi risultare vecchi o inattuali. Come per molti musicisti coevi, anche per i Clayton Brothers praticare la tradizione implica apertamente rispettare un sistema normativo dotato di natura rituale e simbolica che, portato avanti ...

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Article: Album Review

The Clayton Brothers: The Gathering

Read "The Gathering" reviewed by Larry Taylor


The Clayton Brothers--John on bass and Jeff on reeds--have been playing together for over 30 years, either in their small groups or in the large Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, formed in 1985 in partnership with drummer Jeff Hamilton. In small contexts, they have specialized in post-bop swing with a touch of funk, while the critically acclaimed big ...

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Article: Album Review

Jackie Ryan: Listen Here

Read "Listen Here" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Jackie Ryan isn't simply a singer; she's a force of nature. Her voice possesses a weighty power, yet soars with grace and ease. Her ability to transmute into different characters and forms, as dictated by the song, lyrics and style, makes her one in a million and she's managed to parlay that unique gift into project ...

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The Gathering

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2012
Track listing: Friday Struttin'; Tsunami; Touch The Fog; This Ain't Nothin' But A Party; Stefon Fetchin' It; Don't Explain; Coupe De Cone; Somealways; Souvenir; Blues Gathering; Simple Pleasure; The Happiest Of Times.


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