Clayton Doley – Desperate Times
Submitted by Cashbox Canada
Clayton Doley is Australia's finest Hammond organist and is quickly gaining international recognition as one of the top new players on the world stage. His fierily bluesy virtuosity has earned him spots on on some of the worlds biggest festivals including Montreal International Jazz Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival and Tremblant International Blues Festival to name a few.
Drawn to the Hammond B3 organ from a very early age, he is a master of the instrument. He has dedicated his life to exploring the full potential of the B3 hammond organ and utilising it's dynamics, depth of tone and it's bass pedals. Not just an organist, Clayton has a deep and rich and soulful singing voice and his bluesy songwriting combines modern structure and harmony with thoughtful and sensitive lyrics.
In the summer of 2011 landed in Toronto at the invitation of Harry Manx and quickly immersed himself in the vibrant local music scene. He instantly met likeminded musicians who inspired him to form a group based on his first love – The Organ Trio.
Consisting of drums, guitar and Doley himself on the Hammond B3 and its bass pedals, it’s hard to believe that just three musicians can put out such a big sound.
The CD was recorded at the famous Canterbury Sound in the funky west side of Toronto on a cold December night. All these songs were either first or second takes captured live in the room using vintage microphones and instruments.
The collection of songs showcase Doley’s unique vocal compositions reflecting on modern issues and personal experiences, as well as instrumental tunes inspired by some of his favourite organists. Also featured are a couple of jazz and blues standards that have been key in Doley’s musical growth.
A great CD and must have for anyone who loves music and the real sound of a B3.