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Gerald Clayton's Bond: The Paris Sessions Preview

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If you follow us on Twitter, you'll know that we received Gerald Clayton's newest album Bond: The Paris Sessions last week. We were told it was coming in May, but Gerald just updated his website with a preview of some of the tracks on the record. Here they are for your listening pleasure and pre-order the album on right now!

1. If I Were A Bell
2. Bond: The Cast
3. Bootleg Bruise
4. Major Hope
5. Bond: Fresh Squeeze
6. Snake Bite
7. Sun Glimpse
8. Which Persons?
9. 3D
10. Nobody Else But Me
11. All The Things You Are
12. Bond: The Release
13. Shout And Cry
14. Round Come Round
15. Hank

Press Release:



(February 15, 2011—New York, NY)- A 2010 Downbeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll Rising Star, pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has been steadily honing his craft since high school. With the release of his Grammy®-nominated debut Two-Shade in 2009, Gerald began to make his mark as leader in the jazz community. The Los Angeles Times mused; “Clayton is showing all the signs of becoming one of the most significant young jazz artists to emerge in the Southland in recent years." Always growing and maturing as a musician, the young pianist and composer began to experiment with the age-old sounds of jazz by putting his own spin on old favorites and inspired original compositions making it sound fresh and modern. The end result is Bond: The Paris Sessions available everywhere May 10th on Decca/Emarcy. Some lucky U.S. fans will get an early taste of his new CD as he tours select cities in February and March 2011.

Bond: The Paris Sessions was recorded at Studio de Meudon in Paris and engineered by Grammy®-winner Joel Moss. “I'm very excited to share this project with everyone, as it exhibits a new level of chemistry that has developed between the three of us. Since each of the compositions is dedicated to various personal bonds in my life, listening back conjures up specific memories and emotions for me. I hope the listener will enjoy the musical conversations taking place as much as I value the opportunity to bond with the trio.” says Gerald. Bond is more than a merging of musical styles- it is a fusion of young and old, combining time-honored melodies with hip rhythms… the new sound of jazz. Gerald’s own trio provides him with the vehicle to explore and expand on his own vision of the music.

At just 26, Clayton performs with the ease of a veteran Jazz musician and has worked with some of the top musicians in the field such as Roy Hargrove, Diana Krall, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash, Al Foster and The Clayton Brothers (which includes his father the bassist John Clayton and his uncle saxophonist Jeff Clayton). Showing he is one of the leaders of the new generation of young Jazz musicians, Clayton branched out on his own to form the Gerald Clayton Trio in 2008 featuring Justin Brown (drums) and Joe Sanders (bass). Proving he is a force to be reckoned with in the Jazz community, Clayton continues to challenge himself musically every day.

His dynamic and award-winning sound has been praised in print many times over by publications such as the Jazz Times and the Los Angeles Times. The New York Times has saluted his “huge, authoritative presence” and Down Beat Magazine’s 2008 Readers’ Poll named him one of the top up-and-coming pianists to watch. As a composer, his work has been commissioned by the Jazz Gallery in New York City and performed overseas with the BBC Orchestra. He has been honored with grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Western Jazz Presenters Network as well as a Level 1 award by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (NFAA), the title “Presidential Scholar in the Arts,” and second place in the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Piano Competition. Most recently Gerald was honored with another Grammy®-nomination for his work with the Clayton Brother’s 2010 album New Song and Dance. Don’t miss out on your chance to check out this amazing young musician while he is on tour. More dates to be announced soon.

U.S. Tour Dates
The Gerald Clayton Trio
Fri, 2/25 Anthology San Diego, CA
Sat, 2/26 Tony Starlight's Portland, OR
Sun, 2/27 JB’s Sunday Jazz Sacramento, CA
Tues, 3/1 Tula's Seattle, WA
Sun, 3/6 Gould Theatre San Francisco Jazz Festival
Tues, 3/8 Scottsdale Perf. Arts Cntr Scottsdale, AZ
Thurs, 3/10 Outpost Albuquerque, NM
Fri, 3/11 Vanesie's Santa Fe, NM
Sat, 3/12 Myrna Loy Center Helena, MT
Mon, 3/14- Fri, 3/18 Omaha Public Schools Omaha, NE - Peer-to-Peer Jazz Informance Tour -
Sat, 3/19 Vermont Jazz Center Brattleboro, VT
As part of Clayton Brothers Quintet
Thurs, 3/31 Savannah Jazz Festival Savannah, GA
John and Gerald Clayton
Sat, 4/9 Temple Univ.-Rock Hall Auditorium Philadelphia, PA