Love is proximity when you live in New York. Pianist Gerald Clayton and his bandmates, bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown, all live in the same Harlem building. Rehearsals must be easy to schedule.
WBGO recently invited Clayton and his neighbors to play music from Clayton's debut recording, Two Shade. Originally a fan-funded project from ArtistShare, Two Shade makes its major-label jump to Decca Records next week.
What luck! That's precisely when we'll feature the group's debut week at the Village Vanguard. It's an extraordinary mission to play New York's most famous jazz club when you're 25, but Clayton has both the jazz pedigree and the means to deliver an audience.
Clayton, the son of jazz bassist John Clayton, has been playing piano for 18 years, developing a definable improvising skill set with major West Coast musicians, including studio professionals such as his father and his uncle, saxophonist Jeff Clayton.
Gerald Clayton and his trio perform three songs for this session, all original work. "Casiotone Pothole" and "One Two You" were blended into a single 15-minute odyssey, while "Trapped in Dream" captures the dynamic and kinetic energy available in this threesome.