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Clayton, Gerald / Life Forum
Album:Life Forum Collection:Jazz
Artist:Clayton, Gerald Added:05/2013
Label:Concord Jazz, Inc. 

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Add Date:2013-05-05 Pull Date:2013-07-08 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:16 Jun9 Jun2 Jun19 May12 May

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1.Thu, 14 Dec 17:Fo
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4.Fri, 14 Jun 13:Fo
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2.Fri, 03 Jan 14:Fo
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5.Sat, 08 Jun 13:Eme O
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3.Thu, 11 Jul 13:Be Sharp
6.Fri, 07 Jun 13:Fo
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Album Review
Reviewed 2013-05-05 
Concord, 2013

MAINSTREAM JAZZ – One of the fastest-rising pianists in jazz, 28-year old Gerald Clayton has a deeply soulful style that’s so easy to listen to you may not realize how much modern jazz complexity lurks within it. His third album features a very strong young band that includes three Berkeley High alumni: Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Dayna Stephens (tenor sax), and Justin Brown (drums). Three vocalists add yet another layer of soul. Wow, there’s some really nice stuff here.

All worth a listen. Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11

1. 2:53 – spoken poetry (Carl Hancock Rux) within a rising soul flow
2. 4:52 – galloping midtempo: horns set it up, piano rides the wave
3. 6:38 – relaxed rolling flow: cool underlying rhythm, oblique trumpet/piano
4. 4:18 – trio: little clusters of piano notes weave thru sneaky rhythmic patter
5. 5:27 – mysterious melancholy: light patter/wordless vox (Gretchen Parlato)
6. 5:39 – sweet vocal ballad (Sachal Vasandani) w/piano; full band in middle
7. 4:47 – playful piano/drum duet: light samba beat and happy melody/improv
8. 1:00 – prelude to #9, filtered soulful melody drifts into clarity…
9. 5:38 – beautiful ballad surge: piano/trumpet reach over bittersweet anthem
10. 5:16 – serene ebb & flow with wordless vocal trio, spirited sax solo
11. 3:57 – serious trio, really tight sound with a deep/playful piano solo
12. 9:28 – piano & duet vocal (Parlato/Vasandani): hushed, ethereal, aching… then trio (piano/sax/bass) swings in second half

[ Fo ] - 5 May 2013

Track Listing
1.A Life Forum 7.Mao Nas Massa
2.Future Reflection 8.Prelude
3.Shadamanthem 9.Some Always
4.Sir Third 10.Like Water
5.Deep Dry Ocean 11.Unhidden
6.Dusk Baby 12.When An Angel Sheds A Feather