James Clay

During the Fifties, jazz record producer Dick Bock was responsible for many great albums, and his label, Pacific Jazz, excelled at introducing many of the most outstanding young promising jazzmen who worked on the Los Angeles jazz scene. This was true in the case of 20-year-old tenor saxophonist from Dallas, James Clay, who lived and played on the West Coast since mid-1955. At that time his colleagues were all young and independent experimentalists, completely outside of the flourishing West Coast jazz movement. He used to play with trumpeter Don Cherry, drummer Billy Higgins, altoists Ornette Coleman and Hadley Caliman, and with lesser known musicians such as altoist George Newman. According to Don Cherry, Clay became one of the strongest influences in his musical development.

“Up to the time I met him I’d been concentrating on knowing everything I played and James Clay came along...

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James Clay Albums

2 records