My Ideal – 2022

Gerald Clayton

A fresh take on a 1940s ballad

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Gerald Clayton, the son of bassist-arranger John Clayton and the nephew of altoist Jeff Clayton, has developed into a major modern jazz pianist.

While he normally performs his own originals, Clayton is quite adept at playing standards in a fresh and personal way.

“My Ideal” is a ballad from the 1940s that Clayton has developed some affection for as he shows on this solo piano performance; he digs into the mood of the song and does not state its full melody until the final chorus.

-Scott Yanow


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