CLAYTON DOLEY – Dealing with the Devil

I met Clayton Doley while on-set filming Grand Canyon’s ‘Run to You’ video, where he played & completely destroyed the B3; soon after that I had the pleasure to work with him again, to shoot & design the art for his latest musical endeavor & a return to his roots… the Organ Trio.

In the summer of 2011, Clayton Doley landed in Toronto at the invitation of Harry Manx and quickly immersed himself in the vibrant local scene. He instantly met likeminded musicians that inspired him to form a group based on his first love… the organ trio. Consisting of guitar, drums and Doley himself on the Hammond B3 Organ and it’s bass pedals, it’s hard to believe that just three musicians can put out such a big sound. As a child, Doley taught himself to play the bass pedals on his hammond at home while listening to the sounds of  Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff. He soon started doing organ trio shows as a teenager in his home town of Adelaide but when he moved to Sydney his bands got bigger and incorporated a bass player and a horn section so the bass pedals took a back seat. With a new found enthusiasm for the bluesy jazz and soul organ trio sound of the ’60, and amazing Canadian musicians to bounce ideas off, Doley has once again been ‘kicking the B3′ with this new group, The Clayton Doley Organ Experience.

This album was recorded at the famous Canterbury Studios in the funky west side of downtown Toronto on a cold December afternoon. All the songs were either first or second takes captured live in the room using vintage microphones and instruments. This collection of songs both showcases Doley’s unique original vocal compositions reflecting on modern issues and personal experience, as well as original instrumental compositions inspired by some of his favourite organists. Also featured are a couple of popular Jazz and Blues standards that have been key in Doley’s musical growth.

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