That unknown does not mean unloved certainly applies to the stillvery new career of pianist Gerald Clayton. Not yet twenty-fiveyears old and he has already proven himself to more than just apromising artist. And the young have energy, as shown by the manyline-ups in which Clayton plays. For example, he was to be found inthe musical company of Lewis Nash, Al Foster, Terrell Stafford andClark Terry. Between 2006 and 2008 he toured without interruptionwith Roy Hargrove. Recently, he joined the Clayton Brothers Quintetand you can hear him on that band's latest album Brother to Brotheras well as on Hargrove's Earfood (released in 2008) and DianaKrall's From This Moment On. Clayton is at his best in his own triowith Justin Brown (drums) and Joe Sanders (bass). In this line-up,his playing has the room it needs to add something special to thetradition of great pianists. In June 2009, he released hislong-awaited debut album entitled Two-Shade.