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CLAFFY has just finished writing, recording and producing his debut concept album: CLAFFY. With the help of engineer/producer Michael Perez-Cisneros (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Esperanza Spalding and many others), he has documented his own true story of love, heartbreak, and the eternal question: were we meant to be? Just shy of 40 minutes, this
groundbreaking LP introduces many of New York's unheard young talent - including vocal powerhouse Michael Stephenson.

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released February 26, 2016

All Original Compositions except:
Chapters 3, 4, & 6 (Arranged By CLAFFY)

Personnel:

Alexander Morgan Gibson Claffy - Upright/Electric Bass, Fender Rhodes, Synthesizers, Vocals, Percussion/Cymbals.
Michael Stephenson - Voice
Ben Eunson - Acoustic, Electric, Nylon and 12 String Guitars.
Jonathan Barber - MPI, Drums, Percussion & Cymbals.
Kyle Poole - Drums (Chapters 4 &5)
Victor Gould - Acoustic Piano, Fender Rhodes.
Michael King - Hammond B3 Organ, Fender Rhodes & Nord Electric Piano
Jason Matthews - Acoustic Piano, Percussion and Piano
Matt Chalk - Alto Saxophone
Benny Benack III - Trumpet
Troy Roberts - Tenor Saxophone
David Gibson - Trombone & Arrangments.
Dida Pelled - Voice & Nylon String Guitars (Chapter 3)
Camila Meza - Vocals (Chapter 1)
Shenel Johns - Vocals (Epilogue)

Narrations by: Matt Helm & Kelsey Robinson
Recorded January 7-8, 2015.
Recorded, Mixed,Mastered and Produced by Michael Perez-Cisneros.
Co-Produced by Ben Eunson, Jason Matthews and Alexander Claffy.


This record is dedicated to the memory of Dwayne Allen Burno and Bruce Ketterer.

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CLAFFY New York, New York

23 year old “CLAFFY” has been immersed in music since birth. His father a pianist, his mother, a vocalist, he had many of his earliest lessons on bandstands in the heart of Philadelphia. As a teenager, CLAFFY found mentorship in many natives of Philadelphia's rich music scene from Hard-Bop to Hip-Hop. CLAFFY resides in Harlem as one of the most working bass players in the New York City scene. ... more

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Track Name: Chapter 1: Blossoms, As They Wilt Away
(MALE)
I can feel you slippin away
Who said it has to end this way
Though we are apart ,Two Hearts
shine through the dark

(FEMALE)
In - Stant - Ly
We have grown so Bittersweet

Shadows of a
Mind and a feeling that we used to have
Something missing and the time has passed

"SPEECH"

(MALE)
Can't Let You Go
Don't Leave Me Now

(FEMALE)
I Cannot Stay Here
We must be free

You let me show you
How love's sposed' to be

(MALE)
I Can't Speak
When your heart gave life to me (Oooohhh)
I Won't Let You Go

(FEMALE)
Going home and baby don't be sad
How can I stay here when it gets so bad

(MALE)
See how it blossoms and you walk Away
How can you tell me that you'll fly today

(FEMALE)
Lost in a moment that was yesterday
Watch as our dreams begin slip away
(but to truly)

(MALE)
love how it blossoms while you fade away
You've come to tell me that today's the day

(FEMALE)
Trapped in a moment,
things you could have said
Lost in Your Music
Let Me Fade to Grey

(As we truly)

LOOOOOVE Harmony

SOLO

(MALE)
Love, how it blossoms but it wilts Away
Tears grew a flower colored blue and grey

(FEMALE)
Lost in a moment that was yesterday
Watch me closely as I fade away
(but to truly)
Track Name: Chapter 2: July 30th 2:12pm JFK-ZRH
Close your eyes
Time for sleep
Say your last goodbye
Somehow it's the end of times
and just like the flowers
Winter won't let our love truly survive

Dry your tears
I'll hide mine
We can't meet again
Always in the dark night sky
You'll try to forget me
But is there a reason

That I
feel your heart beating
That you
had kept me from speaking
And Why
The Angel He Chose

Is Gone

    
Track Name: Chapter 3: I'll Be Seeing You?
I'll be seeing you
In all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces
All day and through
In that small cafe
The park across the way
The children's carousel
The chestnut trees, the wishing well
I'll be seeing you
In every lovely summer's day
In everything that's light and gay
I'll always think of you that way
I'll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon
But I'll be seeing you
Track Name: Chapter 4: Don't Let It Bring You Down
Old man lying
by the side of the road
With the lorries rolling by,
Blue moon sinking
from the weight of the load
And the buildings scrape the sky,
Cold wind ripping
down the alley at dawn
And the morning paper flies,
Dead man lying
by the side of the road
With the daylight in his eyes.

Don't let it bring you down
It's only castles burning,
Find someone who's turning
And you will come around.

Blind man running
through the light
of the night
With an answer in his hand,
Come on down
to the river of sight
And you can really understand,
Red lights flashing
through the window
in the rain,
Can you hear the sirens moan?
White cane lying
in a gutter in the lane,
If you're walking home alone.

Don't let it bring you down
It's only castles burning,
Just find someone who's turning
And you will come around.

Don't let it bring you down
It's only castles burning,
Just find someone who's turning
And you will come around.
Track Name: Chapter 6: With A Song In My Heart
With a song in my heart
I behold your adorable face.
Just a song at the start
but it soon is a hymn to your grace.
When the music swells
I'm touching you hand
It tells that your're standing near, and ..
At the sound of your voice
heaven opens it's portals to me.
Can I help but rejoice
that a song such as ours came to be?
But I always knew
I would live life through
with a song in my heart for you.
Track Name: Epilogue
Yesterday we sat here
staring into space
You're no longer with me
This I have to face

We made a promise
As we parted ways
The Promise that we made
Starts to FadeAway

I wonder what in twenty
years you'll have to say to me
All that I hear now is

Music That we Laughed at
The music made us cry
the music we first danced to
Can't Keep our love alive

I had left you sitting
As the clock would tick away
Something else was missing
With me you wouldn't stay

This is the final call for us
I see the light ahead
I'll always trust in you
No matter what they say

Always remember what we have
Some never even find this path
and Always when you look at me

You'll Know----------

The music That we laughed at
the music made us cry
the music we first danced to
Can't Keep Our Love Alive?

SOLO

The music That we laughed at
the music made us cry
the music we first danced to
Allowed Your Love to Die?

City tries To Beat me Down
Damned If I give In
I'll keep loving till I Die
But we may never win