174

Keefe Jackson's Project Project: Just Like This

John Barron By

Sign in to view read count
Keefe Jackson's Project Project: Just Like This Just Like This, Chicago-based saxophonist/composer Keefe Jackson's second recording as a leader for Delmark Records, is a vivacious, provocative musical statement featuring the 12-member collective, Project Project.

With hints of Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington, Jackson's compositions are ripe with thick chord clusters, swinging rhythms and jarring, yet lyrical melodies. Interspersed amongst orchestral flourishes and stand-out themes are free-flowing improvised sections, performed by Project Project's unique roster of bold, musical daredevils uninhibited by harmonic boundaries.

The animated, unaccompanied conversation between Trombonists Jeb Bishop and Nick Broste on the disc opener "Dragon Fly, the virtuoso tuba rumblings of Marc Unternährer on "The Grass is Greener and the sweetly defined intensity of clarinetist James Falzone on "Titled are wonderful examples of individualized statements by distinct musical voices contributing to the tightly-woven aesthetic fabric of the ensemble.

The title track, one of the session's more compositionally involved pieces, features meaty, hard-swinging solos by Jackson, trumpeter Jaime Branch and Falzone. "Wind-Up Toy, written by drummer Frank Rosaly, is sustained by tempo-shifting, tightly-colored chords and Jackson's boisterous, stand-out tenor shouts.

Rosaly and bassist Anton Hatwich are the unsung heroes of Project Project, anticipating the multi-directional pace of each soloist and intensifying the implicit mood of each piece. Rosaly's bombastic duet with Dave Rempis' alto saxophone on "Which Well is evidence of the drummer's shrewd, unrelenting musicality. Hatwich's raucous walking lines thrust the energetic pulse of "Wind-Up Toy.

The music on Just Like This is about as fresh as it gets. Jackson's unbounded spirit—nurtured and propelled by his empathetic crew—is tantalizing and infectious.


Track Listing: Dragonfly; The Grass is Greener; Titled; Just Like This; Which Well; Wind-Up Toy.

Personnel: Josh Berman: cornet; Jaimie Branch: trumpet, flugelhorn; Jeb Bishop: trombone; Nick Broste: trombone; Marc Unternhrer: tuba; James Falzone: clarinet; Guillermo Gregorio: alto saxophone, clarinet; Dave Rempis: alto saxophone, baritone saxophone; Jason Stein: bass clarinet; Keefe Jackson: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Anton Hatwich: bass; Frank Rosaly: drums.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Delmark Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Meets Batida" CD/LP/Track Review Meets Batida
by James Nadal
Published: March 15, 2016
Read "Navigation Without Numbers" CD/LP/Track Review Navigation Without Numbers
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 3, 2016
Read "Tropical Infinito" CD/LP/Track Review Tropical Infinito
by Edward Blanco
Published: May 8, 2016
Read "Things Are Looking Up" CD/LP/Track Review Things Are Looking Up
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 9, 2016
Read "Boss Tenor" CD/LP/Track Review Boss Tenor
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: July 20, 2016
Read "Everything's Beautiful" CD/LP/Track Review Everything's Beautiful
by Asher Wolf
Published: July 18, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!