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 good times. The project, which includes four bonus tracks, features Jackson’s singing, his throbbing fuzz electric bass, and a pertinent electric piano. Highly emotional, nostalgic and fusing 1970’s dance music with jazzier moods, Jackson’s project portrays a specific character. It’s a time capsule for those who miss the good old days.
Track Listing: Many Directions; Eight Ways of Love; Funk Times Three; Burning in the Heat (of Your Love); Tiptoe Through the Ghetto; T-Bolt; A Little Love
Personnel: Paul Jackson- acoustic bass, electric bass, vocal, acoustic piano, clavinet, synth; Webster Lewis- organ; Bennie Maupin- tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Ray Obiedo- guitar; Alphonse Mouzon- drums.
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.