Gerald Clayton – Life Forum

April 19, 2013 / No Comments / Tags: Ambrose Akinmusire, Carl Hancock Rux, concord records, Dayna Stephen, gerald clayton, gretchen parlato, Joe Sanders, Justin Brown, Life Forum, Logan Richardson, Sachal Vasandani,

(Concord Records)

Gerald Clayton’s debut for Concord Records is another great venture in sound. Life Forum co-mingles the pianist’s syncopated rhythms with voice and brass for a magnificent musical journey. Clayton’s core trio of recent years, bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown, is joined by saxophonists Logan Richardson and Dayna Stephens and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire . Vocalists Gretchen Parlato and Sachal Vasandani and poet Carl Hancock Rux expand the expeditionary group, as well the sound and scope of Clayton’s hypnotic compositions. The tunes are contemplative, melodic and entrancing and the performances herein are admirable and beautiful to the ear .

Click here to listen to a clip of “Deep Dry Ocean”.

Tracks: Life Forum, Future Reflection, Shadamanthem, Sir Third, Deep Dry Ocean, Dusk Baby, Mao Nas Massa, Prelude, Some Always, Like Water, Unhidden, When An Angel Sheds A Feather.