221

Bruce Jackson: Don't Sleep on Your Dreams

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
One way to give a straight-ahead piano trio set a modern edge is to cover some Wayne Shorter tunes. Everything that the onetime mid-sixties Miles Davis sideman has written seems to swirl to the edges of the mainstream without drifting out of it.

Drummer Bruce Johnson opens Don't Sleep On Your Dreams with a dark-toned, stretched-out take of Shorter's "Footprints." Later he combines the sax man's "Iris" with "Pee Wee," penned by the late Tony Williams, who was Miles' drummer during Shorter's mid-sixties tenure. Jackson's drumming on "Footprints" is intricate and assertive, buoying up the grey hues; on "Iris/Pee Wee," he goes with a subtle approach, laying out soft colors and delicate textures behind pianist Bob Himmelberger's pensive sparkle and bassist Nicolas Bayak's deep, dark lines.

On Larry Young's "Paris Eyes," the trio swings bright and straight-ahead. Jackson summons a deft and propulsive whisper from the cymbals, interspersed with some good old-fashioned rollicking on the rest of the drum set.

What makes the recording such a compelling listen is the switch from the modern-edged Shorter tunes to a more mainstream traditional approach on classics like "Never Let Me Go." A gorgeous take on the Weill/Gershwin classic "My Ship" closes the set with a lovely melody, Jackson's hushed brushwork sighing in the background and pianist Himmelberger playing with a very pretty and relaxed precision. A perfect ending to a fine piano trio set.


Track Listing: Footprints; Firewater; Rhythm-A-Ning; Iris/Pee Wee; Paris Eyes; Never Let Me Go; Picadilly Lilly; My Ship.

Personnel: Bob Himmelberger: piano; Nicolas Bayak: bass; Bruce Jackson: drums.

Title: Don't Sleep on Your Dreams | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Southpaw Productions


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn CD/LP/Track Review Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Queen City Blues CD/LP/Track Review Queen City Blues
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Latin Lover CD/LP/Track Review Latin Lover
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Reclamation CD/LP/Track Review Reclamation
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 18, 2017
Read The Princess CD/LP/Track Review The Princess
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Provenance CD/LP/Track Review Provenance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 17, 2017
Read "Mask Dance" CD/LP/Track Review Mask Dance
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 3, 2017
Read "Eos" CD/LP/Track Review Eos
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 28, 2017
Read "Strunkin'" CD/LP/Track Review Strunkin'
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 18, 2016
Read "Open Book" CD/LP/Track Review Open Book
by Doug Collette
Published: September 9, 2017
Read "Bright Moments" CD/LP/Track Review Bright Moments
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: April 19, 2017
Read "Open Book" CD/LP/Track Review Open Book
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 17, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.

Please support out sponsor