Clayton Brothers

Brother to Brother

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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.

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