Dan Ouellette on John Clayton:
Bassist/bandleader/arranger John Clayton is one of jazz’s treasures as a solo performer as well as a brilliant sideman with the likes of Diana Krall. Recently, he had performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival in a tribute to bassist Ray Brown. But rather than focus on fellow bassists, he agreed to listen to large-ensemble and big band music, given that his last year’s orchestrated work honoring MJF’s 60th anniversary, Stories Of A Groove: Conception, Evolution, Celebration, was the best commission piece in the last two decades offered to the audience there.
Danziger, Bob, "John and Gerald Clayton Interview by Bob Danziger, 2017" (2017). Jazz Interviews Archive. 35.