On this Sunnyside release, veteran vocalist Jay Clayton is joined by a longtime collaborator, drummer Jerry Granelli, as well as pianist George Cables, bassist Anthony Cox, and alto saxophonist Gary Bartz. The roster makes Clayton’s modernist goals clear. Her voice is conventionally pleasant enough to deliver on chestnuts like “Young and Foolish” and “I Wish I Knew” (the former a duet with Cables). But the creative breadth of her instrument is best heard on Don Thompson’s stormy “Lament for John Coltrane,” as well as two avant-garde pieces inspired by the poetry of e.e. cummings, “Raga/Let It Go” and “Three Free/Random Mondays.” – David R. Adlermore »
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