Live at MCG

Live at MCG

by Clayton-Hamilton Jazz OrchestraClayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra


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Voted the number two big band playing in the mid-'00s by a Jazz Times Reader's Poll, the popular, Grammy nominated, L.A.-based ensemble the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra celebrated 20 years of maintaining and expanding the big band jazz tradition in 2005. As the adage goes, the live setting is where the spirit of jazz really happens, and this recording, Live at MCG -- recorded over a four-day "residency" at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh in May 2004 -- perfectly captures Clayton-Hamilton's spontaneous spirit. Though the core and namesakes of the unit are bassist/conductor John Clayton, saxophonist and flutist Jeff Clayton, and drummer Jeff Hamilton, the trio happily let numerous soloists color the mix. Their feisty, swinging opening take on Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia," for instance features a frenetic tenor solo by Rickey Woodard, who also adds a spunky energy to the sly, more subtly rhythmic Horace Silver tune "Jody Grind." Up-grooving exercises like these two tracks and "Captain Bill" (as played by Monty Alexander, Ray Brown, and Herb Ellis), are balanced by more introspective numbers. "Nature Boy," featuring John Clayton's dramatic bass bowing, is given a semi-classical reading, while the graceful and moody "Lullaby of the Leaves" features guest solos by George Bohanon (trombone) and Tamir Hendelman (piano). Clayton-Hamilton save their most robust burst of traditional-meets-modern-day energy for "Silver Celebration," John Clayton's fiery tribute to piano great Horace Silver, which features an irrepressible rolling drum solo by Hamilton. This description only scratches the surface of the many colorful textures of a project that sums up all the fun and tradition the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra have been bringing to the world for two decades.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/26/2005
Label: Mcg Jazz
UPC: 0612262101724
catalogNumber: 1017

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra   Primary Artist
Jeff Hamilton   Drums,Soloist
Charles Owens   Tenor Saxophone
Clay Jenkins   Trumpet,Soloist
Lee Callet   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Gilbert Castellanos   Trumpet,Soloist
Jeff Clayton   Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
John Clayton   Bass,Conductor,Soloist
Sal Cracchiolo   Trumpet,Soloist
Keith Fiddmont   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Ira Nepus   Trombone,Soloist
Maurice Spears   Bass Trombone
Christoph Luty   Bass,Soloist
George Bohanon   Trombone,Soloist
Tamir Hendelman   Piano,Soloist
Randy Napoleon   Guitar,Soloist
Rickey Woodward   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Charles Owens   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Ryan Porter   Trombone
Bijon Watson   Trumpet
Eugene Young   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Monty Alexander   Composer
Dori Caymmi   Composer
Herb Ellis   Composer
Jeff Hamilton   Producer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Sonny Stitt   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jay Ashby   Producer,Audio Production
Marty Ashby   Executive Producer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Jeff Clayton   Producer
John Clayton   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Joel Moss   Engineer
Nelson Motta   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Jay Dudt   Engineer
Joe Young   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Tamir Hendelman   Arranger

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Live at MCG 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though not exactly a jazz connoisseur, I've heard enough of it in many forms to appreciate what's good, even when I don't always understand it. This CD by the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra really blows me away, and certainly the artists couldn't have found a more appreciative audience. There's something for everybody here, from creative takes on such numbers as Georgia and Mood Indigo, to the lesser known and more avant guard offerings. Any jazz fan who doesn't have this recording in his/her collection is missing one of the gems of our time. This jazz orchestra deserves every accolade it gets, and I hope its work will become even better known, especially among fans like myself who aren't experts, but who still know good jazz when they hear it.