Each member of this ensemble comes to the table with various rich musical experiences. It is perhaps this element that is conducive to the many themes and textures on this CD. Brian Sawyers, a classically trained pianist/organist and drummer/percussionist Todd Voelker know a winning combination along with Tom Bevan, Matthew Von Doran (guitars), and Eric Stiller (bass). Augmented with a powerful horn and rhythm section consisting of yet more talented musicians, they jam hard and strong, but very easy on the ear. The band sometimes hints a cross between Tower of Power and Dave Grusin, particularly on tracks like "In the Groove" and "Medium Rare".
On "Interlude," trumpeter Darrel Gardner swings in a manner similar to Donald Byrd's more commercial outings on Blue Note in the early 1970's. "Sometimes Everytime," "Bill the Cat," and "Intro" wax mellow, but not sleepy. Sawyers gives captivating keyboard performances supported by steaming guitar from Van Doran and Bevan. Like "Oil & Vinegar," the combination of rock, funk and jazz is a good mix. "Finale" borrows from a well-known Beatles classic and considering Sawyers' musical background, these formulas mix quite successfully. Some tracks move in segments; each is quite different utilizing both classical and jazz techniques, as demonstrated in the title track, "Clazz". There's no question of the group's versatility and appreciation for various musical forms. The fusion lovers should be quite satisfied with this CD.