Born: January 18, 1963
You would be hard-pressed to identify a musician as comfortable with classical music as he is with jazz, indie rock, folk and reggae. You would be equally hard-pressed to identify a musician who can rock with Levon Helm (formerly of The Band) on weekends, fly to Istanbul for a command performance, pack the house weekly in New York at nublu, make recording sessions, wax eloquent about music history and the fundamentals of musicianship, tour with friends in support of their fledgling bands, and still find the wherewithal to record a big band piece from scratch in the remaining spare time (you must listen to the phenomenal re-recording of “Tina,Too”) … unless you happen to know Clark Gayton....
Lord knows there's already a whole lot of shaking going on throughout MTO Volume 1 whenever trombonist Clark Gayton tailgates. Jazz, Territorial Imperatives A party band fluent whether the language is Count Basie, Don Cherry, or 'Darling Nikki' by Francis Davis October 10th, 2006 5:08 PM http://villagevoice.com/music/0641,davis,74698,22.html Album Review Trumpeter Steven Bernstein's Millenial Territory orchestra is inspired by the leader hearing some of the exciting late '20s and early '30s recordings of territory bands .... The musicians all show versatility, trombonist Clark Gayton takes particularly impressive solos, and overall, the music is quite fun. Easily recommended to fans of the Mingus Big Band and other somewhat riotous ensembles. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide For full text see: http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=341963&aid=790976
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