Clayton: The Julius Eastman Memory Depot
by Jace Clayton
Released: Mar 2013
Label: New Amsterdam
The gay African American minimalist Julius Eastman died tragically young, in 1990. It took until 2005 for his confrontational but catchy works (like "Evil N*gg*r" and "Gay Guerrilla") to see archival releases. But since classical reputations thrive on repeat performance, we can still use more explorations of Eastman. Jace Clayton (aka DJ /rupture) answers the call, working with two pianists to create sample-refracted versions of "Evil" (Tracks 1-4) and "Guerrilla" (5-9). Clayton's electronic layers (as on Track 2) throw some new light on Eastman's textures -- an invaluable service.