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Gerald Clayton - 'Tributary Tales'

Brian Kiwanuka
Contributing Writer
bkiwanuka91@gmail.com

After a four year wait, fans will be pleased to hear that Tributary Tales, while surely taking a page out of the same book as its preceding album, A Life Forum, is another fantastic - and different - addition to the Clayton discography. On Tributary Tales the lineup of Clayton's previous record is almost intact featuring all of the previous musicians and vocalists with the exception of Akinmusire and Gretchen Parlato. New additions to the ensemble include Ben Wendel, who plays tenor sax with Stephens only appearing on "Wakeful" on baritone sax, Henry Cole and Gabriel Lugo on percussion and poet Aja Monet, who masterfully accompanies the cinematic deep tone of Hancock Rux's voice on "Lovers Reverie" and "Dimensions: Interwoven".