Artists
Jeff Hamilton John Clayton
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Genre
Jazz
Release Date
01.01.1977
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This live recording on the shores of Lake Geneva rates quite simply as one of the classic piano trio albums of the 1970’s as well as a milestone in the Jamaican pianist’s musical life. The 1976 recording captures the moment in his early career that Alexander attained the level of such giants as Oscar Peterson. Alexander’s playing combines the virtuosity of his Canadian colleague with Caribbean ardor and a dash of gospel. Bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton were relatively unknown at that time, yet they formed a rhythm section that could stand on their own, capable of creating incisive solo spaces. The music invariably captivates the listener, whether it’s the album’s opening piece, an Ahmad Jamal composition with inspired blues variations, the soulful contemplation on Feelings, the dreamy, relaxed improvisation on You Make Me Feel Brand New, or the wild chase on Montevideo. The trio exudes an exuberant sense of swing in Ellington’s Satin Doll, and plays the gospel Drown in My Own Tears with a sublime earthiness. Laboring in its near-to-archaic atmosphere, Work Song seems the perfect vehicle for Clayton to display his virtuosity. With its mischievous and at the same time genial dramaturgy, the Battle Hymn of the Republic is singled out as a "classic". After four and a half decades, the magic of a night in Montreux is still within reach.

Artists
Jeff Hamilton John Clayton
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Genre
Jazz
Release Date
01.01.1977

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