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"Jody Grind" (Live at MCG) - The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

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Uploaded on Apr 17, 2011

One thing is sure when you get a Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra album. You'll hear some of the swinging-est big band jazz around. If it's done live, it will be even better because an audience naturally inspires musicians to turn it up a notch.

John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, and Jeff Clayton brought together a group of Los Angeles-based musicians in 1985 and formed the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (CHJO). This CD was recorded live at the Manchester Craftsmen Guild (MCG), in my hometown of Pittsburgh, in May of 2005 during a four-night series of performances. It was later nominated for a Grammy Award.

The name of this tune is called "Jody Grind" - The funky stylings of Horace Silver are featured in this energetic arrangement. Ricky Woodward's tenor saxophone charges through the entire piece, inspired by the band behind him. He plays the head at a moderate tempo but soon is off and running, as is the band. Horace Silver's "Jody Grind", conversely, is taken at a slower, more bluesy pace. Woodward takes the first solo, again tearing through but within the confines of the chart. Trombonist Ryan Porter is up next, with a lot of growl. Co-founder Jeff Hamilton then plays a couple of drum breaks with his usual ease as the tune ends.


Personnel for Live at MCG: John Clayton -- conductor, bass Jeff Clayton -- lead alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto flute, flute Jeff Hamilton -- drums Keith Fiddmont -- alto saxophone, clarinet Rickey Woodward -- tenor saxophone, clarinet Charles Ownen -- tenor saxophone Lee Callet -- bariton saxophone, bass clarinet Bijon Watson -- lead trumpet Sal Cracciolo -- trumpet Snooky Young -- trumpet Clay Jenkins -- trumpet Gilbert Castellanos -- trumpet Ira Nepus -- lead trombone George Bohanon -- trombone Ryan Porter -- trombone Maurice Spears -- bass trombone Tamir Hendelman -- piano Randy Napoleon -- guitar Christoph Luty -- bass

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