CLAYTON BROS. JOHN AND JEFF
GERALD CLAYTON -pno TERELL STAFFORD -tpt QUINCY DAVIS - dr
The Clayton Brothers have toured and recorded regularly through the years. In 1991, they recorded "The Music" (Capri) as a quartet with pianist Bill Cunliffe and Jeff Hamilton. In 1997 they recorded "Expressions" (Qwest) with Cunliffe on piano and Herlin Riley on drums. In 2000, the band became a quintet again recording "Siblingity"(Qwest) with the addition of trumpeter Terell Stafford and the return of Jeff Hamilton. "My brother introduced me to Stafford who I heard play in New York; I knew that I wanted him in the group. Jeff and Terrell really hit it off. When they play together it brings to mind when Ray Brown used to reminisce to me about Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. He said it was like an alto sax being welded to a trumpet and one guy playing it. That was such a great visual and there are times when I hear my brother and Terell playing together that I get that; it sounds like one instrument."
The most recent recording by the Clayton Brothers is "Back in the Swing of Things" (Hyena), featuring the co-leaders, Hamilton, Stafford and Cunliffe in an infectious blend of bop, blues, ballads and swing.
"My son Gerald Clayton is playing piano with the group and he is working out very well. We've also added Obed Calvaire on drums". -www johnclaytonjazz com
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