Jay Clayton: All Out (2006)
The first track, "Badadadat, written by Karush, is a playful dialogue between Clayton and Bloom which continues into "Random Mondays, an almost bluesy affair which features Clayton's voice and Bloom's sax trading over a bass figure. Ornette's "Lonely Woman, the only piece with words, provides an interesting contrast with its voice/drums duet.
Another contrast comes with "7/8 Thing," a Clayton original with a Far East feel enhanced by the addition of three voices, water drum and kalimba; Harvie S also provides solo bass work. "Fragments is exactly that: a collection of short statements by Clayton and the group. The fast-paced closer, "All Out, was written for Clayton by Heiner Stadler and allows her to interact fully with the other instruments.
Jay Clayton has a wide vocal range and is able to express herself well with her improvisational style. She is also able to work with other instruments in a cohesive group effort to create something unusual and interesting. This record is not for everyone, but if you're curious about what the voice can do, then have a listen.
Track Listing: Badadadat; Random Mondays; Lonely Woman; 2-5-1; 7/8 Thing; Fragments; All-out.
Personnel: Jane Ira Bloom: soprano and alto sax; Larry Karush: piano; Harvie S: bass; Frank Clayton: drums; Bill Buchen: kalimba; Jay Clayton, Shelley Hirsch, Becca Armstrong, Sally Swisher: vocals.