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Gerald Clayton Trio Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., May 24, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., May 25, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., May 26, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., May 27, 4, 8 & 10 p.m. 2012

On his second album, last year's Bond: The Paris Sessions (Emarcy), pianist Gerald Clayton smooths out the delicious tension that used to exist between his mainstream jazz roots and the of-the-moment predilections of his rhythm section, bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown, who often bury meter under shifting accents and fracturing patterns. Clayton, who's just 28, grew up in LA absorbing the old-school jazz played by his bassist father, John, and put those lessons into practice as a member of their family band, the Clayton Brothers. But since moving to New York six years ago he's been tweaking his jovial, fluid post-Oscar Peterson technique, to better fit into a scene that embraces hip-hop almost as much as bebop. Increasingly he opts for jagged lines and flashes of rhythmic volatility, and his efforts to add abstraction to his playing mesh so perfectly with what the rhythm section was already doing that they almost sound breezy. Clayton plays here with Sanders and a top-shelf substitute drummer, Kendrick Scott, who was recently in town with Gretchen Parlato. —Peter Margasak

Price: $20-$25

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