In what amounts to his second career, James Clay is a name new to many modern-day jazz listeners. But Clay's earliest fame came in the late 1950s when the young woodwind expert arrived on the Los Angeles jazz scene as a contemporary of this fellow Texan Ornette Coleman. Never an avant-garde experimenter like Coleman, Clay was immediately heard by his peers as a gifted mainstream player with ears open to a wide harmonic range. Cannonball Adderley brought him to the attention of Riverside Records and one of the results was this stimulating session with Adderley's sidemen and pianist Gene Harris of The Three Sounds.
with Nat Adderley, Gene Harris, Victor Feldman, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes