Released on April 2, 2013, “Life Forum ” is the third studio album by Gerald Clayton.
Track Listing : 1.A Life Forum (Gerald Clayton, Carl Hancock Rux) – 02:52 . 2.Future Reflection (Gerald Clayton) – 04:52 . 3.Shadamanthem (Gerald Clayton, Carl Hancock Rux) – 06:37 . 4.Sir Third (Gerald Clayton) – 04:18 . 5.Deep Dry Ocean (Gerald Clayton) – 05:27 . 6.Dusk Baby (Gerald Clayton, Sachal Vasandani) – 05:39 . 7.Mao Nas Massa (Gerald Clayton) – 04:47 . 8.Prelude (Gerald Clayton) – 00:59 . 9.Some Always (Gerald Clayton) – 05:37 . 10.Like Water (Gerald Clayton) – 05:16 . 11.Unhidden (Gerald Clayton) – 03:57 . 12.When An Angel Sheds A Feather (Gerald Clayton, Sachal Vasandani) – 09:28
Musicians : Gerald Clayton – Piano . Joe Sanders – Bass . Justin Brown – Drums . Logan Richardson – Saxophonists . Dayna Stephens – Saxophonists . Ambrose Akinmusire – Trumpet . Gretchen Parlato – Vocals . Sachal Vasandani – Vocals . Carl Hancock Rux – Poetry
Production : Produced By Ben Wendel . Ted Tuthill – Engineer . Owen Mulholland – Assistant Engineer . Seth Presant – Mixing . Paul Blakemore – Mastering
Package : Devin Dehaven – Photography . Tony Minter – Package Design
Recorded October 1, 2012 – October 3, 2012.
Released On April 2, 2013 By Concord Jazz.
A Couple of Pianists Change KeyThe takeaway from this suite-like recording is not about individual virtuosity. Rather, it’s like concentric circles with Clayton and his trio in the center, the horns expanding outwardand the voices adding another oval. […]
The New York Times
A Couple of Pianists Change Key“Life Forum,” Mr. Clayton’s new album, would seem to provide the better harbor for a song by that name, given that its sound — luminous and streamlined, less about swing than pulse and flow — actually reflects the output of young jazz artists in the postmillennial mainstream. […]
Jazz pianist Gerald Clayton expands musical horizons on ‘Life Forum’On “Life Forum,” the classically trained pianist emphasizes his own compositions, expanding his musical horizons by augmenting his trio with three horn players and two vocalists. […]