Clifford Lamb – Blues and Hues NY, NY - Weber Works

With Blues & Hues New York, pianist-composer Clifford Lamb and producer Jeff Weber have added the next destination to their singularly inventive and highly personal musical road trip across America. They’ve packed the tour bus with an A-team of jazz stars from the Big Apple –bassist Christian McBride, trumpeter Jerely Pelt, drummer Carl Allen, and saxophonist Wayne Escoffery – to create a stirring, surprisingly introspective homage to the City that Never Sleeps. “This is an album of reflection,” Lamb explains. But in addition to looking inward, the recording also looks back, to New York in the 1930s, when the elegant geniuses Duke Ellington and George Gershwin were shaping the city and the nation’s music for generations to come. Lamb, whose albums have emphasized themes of social justice, took specific inspiration from Ellington’s monumental 1943 suite, Black, Brown & Beige, which Ellington introduced as “a tone parallel to the history of the American Negro.”