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Clayton Wright Jazz Piano Trio
Jazz Escapades Album
2004 / Audiosphere Music

51.9 minutes


I have reviewed several of Clayton Wright’s solo piano albums in the
past, but this is the first one with his trio. “Jazz Escapades”
sparkles with the joy of making music and interacting with like-minded
musicians. Wright helms the Trio at the piano, and is joined by Mark
Miley on drums and Billy Brockmann on bass. The music creates the
ambiance of a jazz lounge where the mood is easy and upbeat. The Trio
melds improvisation with composition, and all of the pieces are smooth
and mellow, drawing from bebop, cool, and traditional jazz stylings.
Wright composed all of the music, and, to these ears, this is by far
his best album to date. Quite a few of the songs have been on Wright’s
solo piano albums, but the Trio breathes new life into them and makes
them really shine. Although the mood is fairly consistent from start
to finish, the pieces are distinctive, making this CD easy on the ears
in the background or with full concentration.


The CD opens with “Ultracool Cats,” a piece that is a bit aloof and
yet playful, setting the tone for the album. “Nightlife” is one of my
favorites - cool, silky, and graceful - what a great tune for a slow
dance! I really like “Mirage,” too. On the dark side, it hides a
mysterious secret as it teases and tantalizes. “The Humble Bumblebee”
is as easy-going as they come as it moseys from flower to flower
without a care in the world. “Afterglow” is a bit more reflective and
thoughtful. “Momentum” is more energetic, but remains in the cool and
breezy groove. “Driftwood” floats freely on a cloud of sea foam, in no
rush to go anywhere.


I really enjoyed reviewing “Jazz Escapades” and look forward to
hearing what else the Clayton Wright Trio comes up with. Recommended
for fans of mellow jazz.


Kathy Parsons



11/4/06




- Kathy Parsons


Discography

Jazz Escapades - Jazz Piano Trio
Jazz Voyages - Jazz Piano Trio
Reflections - Piano Solo
Compilation CDs.

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Clayton Wright composes with polytonal and polymodal melodies and harmonies in a way that is unique.Clayton Wright Jazz Piano Trio

Review:
2004 / Audiosphere Music

51.9 minutes

I have reviewed several of Clayton Wright’s solo piano albums in the
past, but this is the first one with his trio. “Jazz Escapades”
sparkles with the joy of making music and interacting with like-minded
musicians. Wright helms the Trio at the piano, and is joined by Mark
Miley on drums and Billy Brockmann on bass. The music creates the
ambiance of a jazz lounge where the mood is easy and upbeat. The Trio
melds improvisation with composition, and all of the pieces are smooth
and mellow, drawing from bebop, cool, and traditional jazz stylings.
Wright composed all of the music, and, to these ears, this is by far
his best album to date. Quite a few of the songs have been on Wright’s
solo piano albums, but the Trio breathes new life into them and makes
them really shine. Although the mood is fairly consistent from start
to finish, the pieces are distinctive, making this CD easy on the ears
in the background or with full concentration.

The CD opens with “Ultracool Cats,” a piece that is a bit aloof and
yet playful, setting the tone for the album. “Nightlife” is one of my
favorites - cool, silky, and graceful - what a great tune for a slow
dance! I really like “Mirage,” too. On the dark side, it hides a
mysterious secret as it teases and tantalizes. “The Humble Bumblebee”
is as easy-going as they come as it moseys from flower to flower
without a care in the world. “Afterglow” is a bit more reflective and
thoughtful. “Momentum” is more energetic, but remains in the cool and
breezy groove. “Driftwood” floats freely on a cloud of sea foam, in no
rush to go anywhere.

I really enjoyed reviewing “Jazz Escapades” and look forward to
hearing what else the Clayton Wright Trio comes up with. Recommended
for fans of mellow jazz.

Kathy Parsons

11/4/06