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Album Review

On Three Constructions the enigmatic 20th century American composer John Cage made these works based around the poems of e.e. cummings. His construction series produced a string of conceptual works for percussion and voice performed by the Donald Knaack Percussion Ensemble with the voice of Jay Clayton reciting. Spare and delicate, these compositions further reveal Cage's interests in oblique methods and chance operations in both composition and performance which in other work are often hard to tackle and arguably appeal on more of a conceptual level than an audible one. This work however is closer to a song cycle and is explicit of the composers interests in Balinese music.


Born: 28 October 1941 in Youngstown, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Jay Clayton is both a very significant singer in the jazz avant-garde and a highly influential educator. Clayton learned standards very early from hearing her mother sing around their house. She took private piano lessons from a young age and studied at the St. Louis Institute for Music for a short time. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH in 1963 with a degree in Music Education. Although she studied classical music at school, Clayton sang jazz on the weekends at local clubs. After...
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