Like a lot of seasoned, contemporary jazz pianists, Clay Giberson creates music that just about always works, but always works its most magic when it takes chances and breaks free from tradition.
Portland's Clay Giberson, heard in an intimate piano trio setting on his first release "Mirador" (Origin 82388), reveals another side with a set of original compositions featuring his Rhodes piano and some of the Norhwest's finest electric jazz players, featuring: Dan Balmer, Hans Teuber, Jeff Leonard & Carlton Jackson.
1. The Willing 5:40
2. Upper Road 5:27
3. Rivers to Cross 7:28
4. For The Time Coming 5:28
5. Homegrown 5:04
6. Northern Lights 5:46
7. Brooklyn Heights 6:05
8. Biscayne Bay 6:03
9. Change of Mind (Part 1) 3:17
10. Change of Mind (Part 2) 4:57
11. Northern Lights (reprise) 2:22
HANS TEUBER - woodwinds
DAN BALMER - guitar
CLAY GIBERSON - piano, rhodes, wurlitzer ep, synth, loops
SANNI ORASMAA - vocals
McKINLEY - vocals
MATT HILGENBERG - trumpet
JEFF LEONARD - bass
FORREST GIBERSON - bass
CARLTON JACKSON - drums
ROBERT DI PIETRO - drums
Produced by CLAY GIBERSON
Recorded January 2001, at KUNG FU BAKERY and DEAD AUNT THELMAíS, Portland, OR
Recorded by BOB STARK and MIKE MOORE
Additional recording at THE CARRIAGE HOUSE, Brooklyn, NY by ROBERT DIPETRO and NPL, Portland, OR by CLAY GIBERSON
Mixed by BOB STARK, KUNG FU BAKERY
Mastered by RYAN FOSTER, FREQ. MASTERING, Portland, OR
Design & layout by JOHN BISHOP/ORIGINARTS, Seattle, WA
All Music Guide (Dave Nathan)
All of the tools of the smooth or contemporary jazz fashion are here on Clay Giberson's second album for the Origin label. There's the Rhodes, the synthesizer, and, of course, the soprano sax. What sets this CD apart from many albums of the same category is that the music, all Giberson originals, often has more character, adventure, and daring than ...
All About Jazz (Paul West)
Like a lot of seasoned, contemporary jazz pianists, Clay Giberson creates music that just about always works, but always works its most magic when it takes chances and breaks free from tradition. It's not so much a problem in contemporary jazz as it is an ever-so-slightly unfulfilled promise: it's music that is fine, damn fine even, for what it is, ...
e. peak (Doug Yovanovich )
Clay Giberson's second album Upper Road takes listeners to a quiet place away from jazz's beaten path and seduces their senses admirably. The distinct sax and keyboard sounds tickle the upper octaves without being vivacious and without contradicting the soft mood of the supporting instruments. Portland native Giberson plays the piano and synth with ...
Jazz Review (Mark E. Gallo)
Keyboardist Clay Giberson is joined here by a first-rate core group of musicians in woodwinds player Hans Teuber, guitarist Dan Balmer, bassist Jeff Leonard and drummer Carlton Jackson, with guests throughout. Recorded January 2001 in Portland, Oregon, this all original 11-cut program features Giberson's work on piano, Rhodes electric piano, Wurlit ...
The Oregonian (Marty Hughley)
Best of 2002: Top of the Portland pop 01/03/03 "Upper Road," Clay Giberson (Origin Records): A young jazz pianist who plays in Dan Balmer's Go By Train trio, Giberson's previous solo album, "Mirador," was a strong straight-ahead set. Here, though, he fashions a more contemporary sound that has the intelligence, lyricism, depth and accessibility ...