Six-time GRAMMY nominated artist Gerald Clayton returns with Bells On Sand, his ravishing second album for Blue Note Records, which is out today on vinyl, CD, and digital formats. The album explores the impact and abstraction of time over ten tracks of fresh orchestration and original music with contributions from his father John Clayton on bass, mentor Charles Lloyd on saxophone, longtime friend and peer Justin Brown on drums, and new collaborator MARO on vocals. Clayton discusses the new album with Blue Note President Don Was on the latest episode of “First Look.”

“Each musician on the record represents a different aspect of the axis of time and its shifting sands,” says the acclaimed pianist-composer. “My father and Charles Lloyd, who has been a mentor figure to me, reflect new permutations of my past, and the lineage of elders who have shaped my development; Justin Brown, being my contemporary and musical brother, represents my present; and MARO represents the future—she is part of the next generation, and points to a brand new collaboration. // Continue to the full article

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