The Clayton / Scott Group - August ...
you are holding is a milestone in Canadian music: one of the first
recordings written, produced and performed for the smooth jazz
format...". These are the first word of the introducing
comment, Bob Farrow, Morning Host/Music Director of Wave 94,7 fm,
Canada first smoth jazz radio station wrote about The Clayton
/Scott Group's album "August". "We understand
that the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) is receiving
applications for smooth jazz formats from across the country,"
said Doug Kirk, President and Station Manager, CIWV-FM Radio, WAVE
94.7. "We're obviously excited about the format. We know that
people are looking for something new, but at the same time familiar.
Smooth jazz is just that." This radio station broadcasts
since August 30, 2000.
The way for the above mentioned smooth jazz radio station
was however paved by others. One of these pioneers was John
Beaudin, who has been one of the biggest supporters of Smooth
Jazz in Canada and the U.S. for almost twenty years now. He started
SmoothJazzCanada.com to promote Smooth Jazz and related genres around
the globe. Another Canadian is Ted Hasiuk with his Cafť
Jazz Radio Show and Jazz
Lynx, a company dedicated to the promotion of Smooth Jazz.
The debut cd of The
Clayton / Scott Group was released in April 2002. The group
members are Andrew Scott, the
groupís guitarist and co-songwriter. Stylistically, he
comes out of a tradition of jazz guitar which
includes George Benson, Grant
Green, Pat Martino, and Sonny Greenwich (on whom Andrew
is writing a book) and Jim Clayton,
who is a multi-talented writer, instrumentalist, and studio engineer
who performs numerous styles with a rare assurance.
was named after a pub around the corner from
Jimís studio. The original draft of this song was written there (on
coffee-stained paper) during a late breakfast. Impressing is the easy
style of Bryden Baird 's trumpet blowing.
Elizabeth was written as
a wedding gift for two friends, married in the summer of 1999. It was
an intimate ceremony on a Lake Huron beach. This captures their
personalities along with the romance of the event. Andrew Scott on
guitar and Jim Clayton on piano clarify the ease of the being in
their elated play. Can there be a better event for a song?
is an energetic song with David French 's and Bryden Baird's
smoking sax and trumpet solos. Andrew Scott adds the
cream-bonnet with his sophisticated guitar play.
Just To See Her
was originally a Smokey Robinson
hit in the late Eighties, and a favourite of Jimís during his
late-night radio show at CHOK in Sarnia, Ontario. Michael Dunston lends the piece new shine with
his fascinating voice.
is another reflection on this Great Lake, brought on by two things Ė
a childhood on its shores, and classic Mike Post TV themes.
Both linger on, years later. Andrew's and Jim's tones
are sparkling like the lake in the late afternoon sunlight.
To My Heart was inspired by the "quiet storm"
ballads of evening FM radio. Originally a sax feature; now, Michael
Dunston does wonders with an intimate lyric. A radio-like romantic
tune with the typical drum programmed beat.
Duke has left his mark across several genres. A single listen to
his Greatest Hits collection led to the writing of Dukish.
Bass and drum support the funky attitude of this song. Nevertheless Andrew's
guitar keeps it smooth.
The song August
was also written for the wedding of two friends (sometimes creativity
is less expensive than Bone China), this composition reflects the
happiness felt by Tyler and Jacqui. Anew Andrew's
guitar solo is better than any wedding song.
Love Music is a wonderful sentiment. Andrew captured
some favourite aspects of music: a sense of humour, soul, blues, and
happiness. The old Motor City Soul is awaking again. Performed and
played in the Motown style it's a real footstomping and headbopping
The late Vince Guaraldi
was best known as the pianist/composer for the "Peanuts" TV
specials. This tribute hints at his hit "Cast Your Fate To The
Wind". Mr. Guaraldi is
not just a tribute, it's Guaraldi 's spirit catched in
arrangement and play.
This is not a mainstream album in the style
of many other albums of the smooth jazz genre. I don't try to find the
reason, but I like the difference.
with the exception of
the additional informations taken from the Group thoughts and the