The word “inventiveness” comes to mind when you hear pianist Gerald Clayton’s work on Two-Shade, his debut recording as a leader. Clayton applies creative voicing and effects to create a different kind of jazz piano experience. Whether on uptempo numbers or more laidback tunes, Clayton’s playing has a syncopated, percussive rhythm that is fascinating to the ear. The result is an engaging blend of moods that moves from solo settings to kinetic trio work with drummer Justin Brown and bassist Joe Sanders. Having played for years with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Hank Jones, and the Clayton Brothers (led by his father and uncle), Two-Shade, which earned Clayton a Grammy nomination this year, is a striking emergence for this 25-year old talent. Click here to listen to a clip of “Two Heads One Pillow”.
Tracks: Boogablues, Trapped In A Dream, Two Heads One Pillow, Peace For A Moment, All of You, Interlude – Love All Around, Casiotone Pothole, One Two You, Sunny Day Go, Scrimmage, Interlude – You’re Out, Con Alma .