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Album Review

The initial concept for the Clayton Brothers' seventh album, as its title suggests, was to pay tribute to more venerable jazz-playing brothers, which helps explain the inclusions of "Jive Samba" by Nat Adderley as an acknowledgment of his and his brother Cannonball Adderley's contributions to jazz and "Still More Work," written by John Clayton as a sequel to Nat Adderley's "Work Song." The brothers Hank, Thad, and Elvin Jones, meanwhile, are celebrated on Jeff Clayton's "Wild Man" (a reference to Elvin Jones) at the start of the disc and on "The Jones Brothers" at the end, in which John Clayton's son Gerald Clayton plays piano in the Hank Jones manner. But the brother theme is not applied throughout the album. Instead, bassist John Clayton gets three showcase tunes in the middle of the disc, as he covers "Bass Face" by Kenny Burrell and continues with the novelty "Walking Bass" (from the pen of Keter Betts), which he sings with tongue in cheek, before concluding with a cover of the show tune "Where Is Love?" (from the musical Oliver!), which again features Gerald Clayton. So, Brother to Brother may not be all about brothers, exactly, but it is all in the family.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Bassist John Clayton, Jr. and his two-years-younger brother, saxophonist Jeff Clayton, play straight-ahead jazz. The brothers were born and raised in Venice, CA. John took up bass in junior high school, while Jeff began playing clarinet at nine, switching to saxophone at 14. John joined Monty Alexander's trio after graduating from college in the mid-'70s, and in 1977 moved to Count Basie's band; Jeff also played with Basie. The Claytons began working together as a group in 1978, issuing their debut...
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