Bruce Jackson: Don't Sleep On Your Dreams (2006)
Don't Sleep on Your Dreams mixes a number of standards from the Great American Songbook with jazz standards by Wayne Shorter, Larry Young, Thelonious Monk, Buster Williams and David Liebman. The album begins with a stately version of Shorter's "Footprints" where Jackson provides striking cymbal work and Bob Himmelberger plays the familiar melody with a lot of blues feeling. Nicholas Bayak follows with a rich bass solo.
Jackson switches to brushes for a tasty version of Buster Williams' "Firewater" and manages a creative drum solo after both Himmelberger and Bayak. Monk's "Rhythm-A-Ning" gets a lot of snap, crackle and pop from Jackson, and again on Larry Young's "Paris Eyes," he trades most effectively with Himmelberger.
Another highlight of the album is the interpretation of the standard "Never Let Me Go," which features beautifully meshed playing by the trio, enhanced by Himmelberger's soulful piano. In sum, all of the members contribute to this finished product, and the leader provides a number of subtly shaded percussion opportunities.
Track Listing: Footprints; Firewater; Rhythmn-A-Ning; Iris/PeeWee; Paris Eyes; Never Let Me Go; Picadilly Lilly; My Ship.
Personnel: Bruce Jackson: drums; Bob Himmelberger: piano; Nicholas Bayak: bass.
Record Label: Southpaw Productions