It would be quite an understatement to say that the Clayton family is musically-inclined. This year, three Claytons-John, Jeff and Gerald-received Grammy nominations. Brothers John and Jeff Clayton were nominated for "Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group" for their record "Brother to Brother."
Brother to Brother is a compilation of music inspired by songs composed by and/or performed by some of the many brother groups in jazz. John Clayton had the following to say about the record, "The album, to me, really represents more than anything family-it is basically family recognizing family. My brother and I were both influenced by some amazing family groups in jazz and we have finally had the chance to make that something that was in focus. The work that went into it was collective-we would bring our pieces to the band to rehearse, but then we knew the band members would breath their own soul into it. It made for a fun and rewarding experience to watch the evolution and growth of every song we did." Meanwhile, Jeff Clayton said, "I think this album deserves a volume 2 and a volume 3-there are so many brother themes that we would be honored to cover and they deserve illumination."
When the brothers were asked how they felt about their recent Grammy nomination both responded that they were honored and grateful. John also said, "It is at its core the industry people honoring their own... for that I always feel honored when I am nominated."
Also nominated this year is John's son Gerald Clayton. Gerald received a nomination for "Best Improvised Jazz Solo" for his solo on the track "All of You" from the "Two-Shade" recording. John, as a proud parent and fellow musician, remarked "When he was making the record I was in the studio and I heard all the magic-someone from NARAS heard and recognized the magic that was going on."
If father-son John and Gerald Clayton both receive Grammys in their respective categories it will be one for the record books. The only other time this has ever happened was during the 40th Annual Grammy Awards in 1998 when Bob Dylan and his son Jakob Dylan walked away with awards in Best Album and Best Rock Vocalist, Male (respectively).
To find out more about "Brother to Brother" you can visit The Clayton Brothers' ArtistShare Project Page. And in celebration of their Grammy nomination ArtistShare has made available, streaming online, the entire "Brother to Brother" record.