COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

Tag: John Clayton

DELFEAYO MARSALIS, THE LAST SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN

This superbly executed session from the most interesting Marsalis brother, Delfeayo, is energized by the addition of three jazz masters – pianist and family patriarch Ellis Marsalis, bassist John Clayton and the drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith. The record has a deep regional feel with zesty arrangements and a New Orleans vibe. Continue reading

ADAM SCHROEDER, LET’S

Baritone saxophonist Adam Schroeder is one fortunate jazz cat, mostly because his sophomore record, Let’s, features a dream team of collaborators – guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton, and also because this recording is a gift to audiophiles. Like all of Capri’s releases, the sound is uncommonly warm, punchy and vivid. That doesn’t mean that Schroeder rides shotgun. He’s an assertive talent with hard-hitting chops and plenty of good taste. Continue reading

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