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From the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra CD Shout Me Out!, the title cut features a medium slow shout chorus surrounded by solo choruses. Hard-hitting swing at its best! Recording courtesy of Fable Records - (C)(P) 2000 Fable Records
Shout Me Out
John Clayton's fierce, swinging arrangement of this familiar standard (recorded by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra CD Shout Me Out) is written as a solo vehicle for tenor sax. Marvelously crafted in a kind of call and response form between tenor and band.
Day by Day
John's arrangement of this jazz classic was written specifically to feature Milt Jackson with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra; however, just about any instrument can play the head at the beginning of the chart. The full ensemble shout chorus at the end is a standout!
Dedicated to Count Basie, this up-tempo swinger opens with a chorus for piano but then quickly launches into a driving swing feel with a sax lead and brass punches. Featured are solos for tenor, trombone and trumpet, along with sparkling ensemble figures.
Nice to Meet You
There is never a lack of attitude from the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra as evidenced by this bluesy shuffle from their CD Shout Me Out. With the saxes on the head, complemented by screaming ensemble punches and a tempo that's just right, you have a formula for a real winner! Solos for tenor, t
Written to feature former Hoosier Jeff Hamilton on drums, this John Clayton arrangement gives this standard tune a few new twists and turns. While serving primarily as an accompaniment for the drummer on brushes, it's a wonderful study in ensemble playing in a medium swing tempo. Tasty! Recorded
Back Home Again in Indiana
John gives this classic jazz tune by Sonny Stitt the royal treatment with this burning up-tempo swinger. This exciting chart features the entire sax section and builds to a wild shout chorus for the entire ensemble. Displaying John's mastery of the big band idiom, this one is a winner!
You probably think you know this song...that is until you hear John Clayton's arrangement! He includes the rarely played verse, along with a slow ballad tempo and gorgeous woodwind colors to create a masterpiece for the jazz ensemble. This chart goes to show that good jazz isn't always loud and f
Heart and Soul
This John Clayton original from the CD Groove Shop explodes into a medium swing groove, then features a small group (soprano, tenor, trumpet and trombone) on the first go-around of the tune. The saxes have a soli feature and the entire ensemble helps deliver the powerful shout. Includes solos for
Monk was a master of composing unconventional and angular melodic lines. John Clayton provides a jagged yet stimulating chart that features dueling trumpets and an exciting full band shout chorus. From the recording Explosive! - Milt Jackson Meets The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
Recorded by The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on their CD Absolutely! this light Latin setting opens with a unique intro featuring guitar and arco bass. What follows is a lush ensemble statement with drums playing on brushes leading to an extended solo section for piano. Very nice!
For All We Know
From the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra CD Groove Shop, here is John's uptempo and energetic take on this Hoagy Carmichael favorite. Perfect as an opener, this explosive chart features tenor sax as well as dynamic parts for the full ensemble.
Georgia on My Mind
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra - Grade 5 Opening with a crash from the band and an extended drum solo, the melody creeps in quasi-Art Blakey style. Small group statements are offset with full ensemble shouts, and half-time sections are contrasted with an uptempo groove. This is from the recordin
Little Old Lady
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra - Grade 5 Combine the music of the legendary Duke Ellington with the contemporary arranging genius of John Clayton, and get ready to hear Mood Indigo like you've never heard it before! Written in a slow swing style, this smooth chart is written with harmonic sophis
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra - Grade 5 Originally arranged and premiered by the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany, this powerful chart was recorded by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on their CD Heart and Soul. Featuring the saxes off the top accompanied by the screaming brass section, this
This monster chart from John Clayton was written specifically for his clinic presentation at the IAJE convention where it was rehearsed and premiered in January 2005. After the rhythm section sets the tone, the trumpets state the first calling then pass it along to the rest of the ensemble. This
The Jazz Calling
Written for the Ellington orchestra by saxophonist Johnny Hodges, this catchy riff-based tune swings hard from beginning to end. After the hard-hitting opening, solos are exchanged by tenor, trombone, trumpet and piano. In typical Clayton-Hamilton fashion, the piece roars to an exhilarating full
In honor of Horace Silver's 75th birthday, John Clayton serves up this special celebration of swing. The opening statement by trumpet and tenor is balanced nicely with full ensemble backgrounds. In the airy middle section of this uniquely crafted chart, the rhythm section loosens up a bit and sol
The funky stylings of Horace Silver are featured in this energetic arrangement from the acclaimed CD Live at the MCG recorded by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. A trumpet and tenor duet starts us off, followed by ensemble punches and solos for tenor and trombone. The entire ensemble gets int
The Jody Grind
Continuing the fine big band tradition of Count Basie and Thad Jones, John Clayton's exquisite chart on this standard tune blazes a trail of excitement and power. Written as a medium up-tempo swinger, the saxes are featured off the top, followed by trade-off solos for trombones and trumpets, and
'Deed I Do
There's always time for the blues. This original by John Clayton (and recorded by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on Heart and Soul) is set in a bluesy and relaxed tempo and provides lots of room for soloists to holler at each other. After the opening conversation between two trumpets, the sa
I Be Serious 'bout Dem Blues
Here's a terrific medium swing chart (recorded by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on Heart and Soul) featuring a great groove, a catchy melody and the craftsmanship of jazz master John Clayton. Also included is a trombone solo, a take-no-prisoners sax soli and solo space for the bass. The sho
Feature the vibes (or piano) with this creatively arranged standard that was written specifically for vibes legend Milt Jackson (heard on this excerpt). The melody is bookended by plaintive statements for solo alto sax, and the ensemble provides a lush accompaniment throughout.
The Nearness of You
After an opening ensemble blast and short piano statement, a trio of flute, muted trumpet and guitar take the reins on this medium swing gem by John Clayton (recorded by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on Absolutely). The trumpet solo and unison sax soli are followed by a powerful ensemble sh
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