by Clayton-Hamilton Jazz OrchestraClayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra


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This is such a logical combination. When vibraphonist Milt Jackson and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra appeared together at the Jazz Bakery near Los Angeles during the same period as this CD was recorded, Jackson (who usually frowns when he plays) could not stop smiling. He loved both John Clayton's arrangements and the sound of the 19-piece orchestra. Jackson, a major voice on his instrument since at least 1946, seemed as happy listening to the band as he did playing with it. And although he has the most solos, he does not overshadow the mighty ensemble on this CD. Longtime fans of the big band are used to hearing the orchestra feature drummer Jeff Hamilton's brushes on a slow rendition of "Indiana," and both the bowed bass of John Clayton and the lyrical alto of Jeff Clayton on Johnny Mandel's classic "Emily." Both of those selections are give definitive treatment on this CD and some of the other better numbers are Jackson's trademark "Bags' Groove," Thelonious Monk's "Evidence," "Along Came Betty," and a few originals. Throughout, the swinging by the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra is worthy of Count Basie, Milt Jackson often sounds exuberant, and together they have collaborated in creating an instant classic.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/1999
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624728627
catalogNumber: 47286
Rank: 50784

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra   Primary Artist
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Charles Owens   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Clayton   Track Performer
Clay Jenkins   Trumpet
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Lee Callet   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Jeff Clayton   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
John Clayton   Conductor,Bowed Bass
Bill Cunliffe   Piano
Keith Fiddmont   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Ira Nepus   Trombone
Bobby Rodriguez   Trumpet
Maurice Spears   Bass Trombone
Byron Stripling   Trumpet
Jim Hershman   Guitar
Christoph Luty   Bass

Technical Credits

Milt Jackson   Producer
John Clayton   Arranger,Producer
John Clayton   Producer
Joel Moss   Engineer
Ed Fotheringham   Illustrations
Gary G. Vercelli   Liner Notes
James Hanley   Composer

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