Serenade in Blue
Traditional jazz, club atmosphere. Relaxing, 14 tunes on the Serenade in Blue CD. ......................... Description: Music like hipster, bebop, cool night club, lounge atmosphere. DISCOLOGY: 2007: Serenade in Blue (Jazz Piano Trio), 2006: Jazz Escapades (Jazz Piano Trio), 2005: Jazz Voyages (Jazz Piano Trio), Clayton Wright Jazz Piano Trio, Clayton Wright, piano, Billy Brockmann, stand-up jazz bass, and Mark Miley, drums. 2004: a solo piano CD: MOONDUST (19 solo jazz piano tunes), 2003: two new compilation CDs: (DOREMI) NIGHT and MORNING. 2002: CD compilation: (Coffee House Music, CDREVIEW) COFFEE PIANO. 2001: a CD compilation: (Salzburger Echo, Fanfare Publications) PASTEURIZED. The title tune on the REFLECTIONS CD (Reflections of Love) was translated to (Spiegel der Liebe) and re-recorded by SALZBURGER ECHO, in Salt Lake City, Utah. 1999: a solo piano CD: (Audiosphere), PRELUDES AND REVERIES, modern and New Age piano, 1999: REFLECTIONS (Classical solo piano, 21 tunes)(Audiosphere). REVIEW: (Jazz Escapades CD): Mellow and sparkling! Reviewer: Kathy Parsons 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. This album is amazingly interesting, sort of intellectually inspiring, and fun. REVIEW FROM GARAGEBAND.COM Brilliant Piece of Music There is nothing to critise this piece,just alot of never ending praises. This piece was really playful in the ear, such as the bass intro which was done so well, the beat is flowings, and the polyrythms are make you want to keep listening, and last but not least the piano, the dynamics the chord changes are just fantastic. Thank you for posting this wonderful piece on garageband, my next advice is to get it on record or CD, or i-tunes. Extra Credit: Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Melody, Beat, Originality, Best Potential Movie Soundtrack. - mdubyckyj Westland, Michigan April 13th, 2007 REVIEW FROM GARAGEBAND.COM Ah yeah... Herbie Hancock meets Barry White You think you're in for a poetry reading at first with the string bass solo, but then the piano kicks it into 'Barry White' mode with some serious soul. Turn the lights down low, baby 'cause this date is getting ready to sizzle. Bass and drums keep me grooving the whole time while the piano solo sets the mood. Towards the end, the piano really gets passionate with a Debussy flare then resolves sweetly as if to say last night went really well. Extra Credit: Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Beat, Mood. - FisherStreet Salisbury, North Carolina March 28th, 2007 REVIEW: Yeah Nice. This puts me in a relaxed mood. Good job. I love to hear that upright Bass. A grooving track in a mellow kind of way. Everybody complement the next. The first word that came to mind when I heard the Piano come in was Beautiful. This is a beautiful work of Art. Extra Credit: Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Production, Mood, Best Feel Good Track. - sykes18 Westchester, Illinois April 7th, 2007 REVIEW FROM GARAGEBAND.COM: Very nice tempo/intro I like the groove that is presented here. The rythm is catchy and very groovy. The bass is very effective and is dominant as it should be here. The piano does a good job of playing around the groove. I like the old school ending. - superflyband Chatham, Ontario, Canada April 11th, 2007 1. La bonne vie, the good life! This classic Jazz Piano rendition certainly interprets the ethos in a smooth toe tapping way. On first listen, or without being a Jazz aficionado it would be hard to determine whether this was an original composition or a variation of an established song, but either way there is little to criticise with Clayton Wright's work here. The song has sweet, confident ease oozing from every twinkling note. The melody is animated and typical of it's genre. The pianist is comfortable with his performance and the listener will be too - he performs the occasional 'Flights of fancy' with panache. This is the sort of music one could spend a pleasant evening indulging in. Track 1. La Bonne Vie: review: La Bonne Vie by Clayton Wright is immediately reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi, it is light and flowing. Wright's playing sets a mood that is fit for dinner and a night out, what I like about this piece is it's whimsical nature. The rhythm section is subtle but effective but it's only later in the piece when some of the extended runs show off the individual talent of the piano player. The song moves rather quickly and ends before you've had enough, always a good sign. I found the ending to be quite effective as well. This was a perfectly self-contained gem that will bring joy to any jazz fan or anyone who let's themselves get carried away by the music. Track 2: For the Birds review: Clayton Wright has a well polished presentation and makes his piano sing and swing with light abandonment. One gets the impression that there would never be any hesitation in stepping up on stage and creating a beautiful relaxing and atmospheric environment for every listener from the diner to the dancer. More importantly, this song would also interest the serious connoisseur of late night Jazz. The merest of drags (felt rather than heard) would only seem to enhance the piece and emphasise that fresh, live feel. Some imaginative melody strings are created here but still there is a comforting familiarity that allows the minutes played to seem like seconds, this leaves the listener wanting more of course. This is a slick and almost cheeky little song, the seemingly standard percussion backing is complimentary and unobtrusive. Anyone with this ability and flair will find work in their field and any listener enjoying this would be getting good entertainment value without any sharp edges. Let the sounds wash around in your head and refresh the nerve endings, very good music very well presented.