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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 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 love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.