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James Clay, Tom Kirkpatrick, Rein de Graaf Trio

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Someone on FB put this up. Tom is an old friend, and I think he sounds wonderful here, really stretching out---as does everyone. I think it's Eric Ineke on drums. No clue who the bass player is:

 

 

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The bass-player is Koos Serierse and the drummer is indeed Eric Ineke.

Here's another YT-video with the same trio:

 

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Little known fact - when.James Clay died, his will specified that that particular sweater be made into a Tony Williams floor tom. It was headline news here, but I'm not sure about the extent of coverage it got elsewhere.

I like that drummer, btw. His shirt and Heavy's sweater combine to look like sky and sun.

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Actually this/the Rein DeGraaff Trio was a quality rhythm section fixture on European soil .....

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11 hours ago, njtw said:

The bass-player is Koos Serierse and the drummer is indeed Eric Ineke.

Here's another YT-video with the same trio:

 

Thanks, and sorry I spelled Rein de Graaff's name wrong. Can't edit the title, unfortunately...

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Thanks for this; the only film footage I've ever seen of Clay. Used to go see him at Chumley's in Deep Ellum during this era. His bands often included Lyles West (IIRC) on bass and Dwayne Clemons on trumpet. Maybe Jim remembers who his steady drummer was back then [?]. Any way, I consider myself very fortunate to have ever seen the man play at all.

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He used Randy Drake quite a bit.

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3 hours ago, JSngry said:

He used Randy Drake quite a bit.

Not a name familiar to me!

Did you ever check out James' Chumley's gigs? I seem to recall Sunday nights...

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Not many...scheduling conflicts, mostly.

Does W.A. Richardson sound right, or had he died by then?

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4 hours ago, JSngry said:

Not many...scheduling conflicts, mostly.

Does W.A. Richardson sound right, or had he died by then?

I don't recall ever seeing W. A. on those gigs, but, damn, that was a long time ago now. I do remember seeing Shelley Carrol jam with James with one night... he showed up to play in sweatpants!

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Tommy Hopkins, maybe? Ted Wasser? Paul Guerro is unlikly, but not impossible. Trying to think of cats who could cut Clay's gig AND had Sundays off AND would be willing to do both at Chuley's pay scale.

Shelley & Chumley were buds back in the day, like, lock the doors and pour the bar type buddies. People were younger then...bonds were more easily formed. Sweatpants, no problem.

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6 hours ago, Joe said:

  I do remember seeing Shelley Carrol jam with James with one night... he showed up to play in sweatpants!

Shelley Carrol! Where is he?

He was in NY maybe 15 years ago. I think we played once. He's great...

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He plays in Dallas regularly; I assume he lives here.

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Shelley recently relocated to Houston, to be near family and take a teaching gig. He still comes up here for gigs, though.

You'll want to hear his Ellington album, if you have not yet, and if you can find it. Strong stuff.

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1 hour ago, kh1958 said:

He plays in Dallas regularly; I assume he lives here.

When he did live here, he had been settled In Plano for many years. Me, him, and Lyles all lived within a few miles of each other. In Plano.

In the words of Myron Cohen...

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