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First Listen: Clayton Brothers - Blues Gathering

Every Friday, Brad Barker goes through the pile of CD’s on his desk and his hard drive to find a brand new song to play for you.  It’s called your “First Listen”

Brothers John and Jeff Clayton have a new album out called The Gathering and that’s exactly what it is. Their current quintet features John’s son, Gerald Clayton on piano, Terell Stafford on trumpet and Obed Calvaire on drums with special guests Wycliffe Gordon and Stefon Harris.

The Gathering is about creating a brand new sound. Combining and blending what they’re known for with new friends and new input, not only with these players but with fans as well.  Through an on line program called Artist Share, they invited interested music souls to be a part of the project during the writing process. To have fun with them, experience the discovery, the arrangements, hit those creative walls with them and deal with the challenges of collaboration. 

For a fee, as a fan you had an oppourtunity to become part of the entire creative process, and if you google, Clayton Brothers, it looks as though it worked.   Lots of folks donated and participated in the recording of this album. Certainly sounds great!

Your First Listen for this Friday is a track from The Gathering called Blues Gathering.

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