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Paul Jackson Trio: Groove Or Die

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Groove Or Die. So says Paul Jackson, bassist extraordinaire. It's clear that the decision isn't one that's troubled Jackson, or fellow band members Xantoné Blacq and French percussionist Tony Match, for too long--this album is all about the groove. Or, to be more specific, the grooves. Jackson has been a first-call bassist for many years--a founding member of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, a member of the rhythm sections of luminaries such as Stevie Wonder and George Benson. The trio is a relatively new combo, however: Groove Or Die is its debut recording. The bassist establishes his manifesto ...

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Mike Clark/Paul Jackson/Marc Wagnon: Conjunction

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As jazz/rock fusions go, Conjunction is something special: it completely refuses to fit into either category. The arrangements are too tight and the improvisation is too sophisticated to label this disc as rock, but the grooves are so backbeat-driven that one could never call it jazz. (Make a special exception for “The Unknown Shuffle," which is quite clearly exactly what it says it is: a blues shuffle.)

Drummer Mike Clark plays a dominant role defining the group sound on Conjunction. His simmering rhythms propel improvisers forward, maintain interest through arranged sections, and occasionally burst into full flower in scattered drum ...

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Paul Jackson: Black Octopus

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Singer/bassist Paul Jackson likes variety in what he does. Like the inference in his opening track’s title, “Many Directions,” this project moves in many directions all at once. It’s fusion. A strong bassist and enjoyable singer, Jackson employs a fusion of R&B, funk, disco, electronic “outer space” music and a little avant-garde jazz. Originally issued in 1978, Jackson’s debut album features a soulful 5-piece band swinging in a mood representative of that era. Paul Jackson and Bennie Maupin were founding members of the Headhunters. Here, they’re joined by spirited electric guitar and lightweight percussion to paint a picture of emotional ...



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