133

Jackie King: Moon Magic

By

Sign in to view read count
Jackie King's career has seen him playing in any number of settings. R&B, country, jazz - he plays them all equally well, and with great passion. Though his MOON MAGIC (Indigo Moon Records) sits squarely in the mainstream jazz camp, you can hear that rich assortment of influences combining in his playing, making this disc one of the most compelling to come my way in a while.

The concept behind the album is quite simple. King has chosen a handful of standards, all having the word "moon" in their title. When he plugs in his 1974 Byrdland, the "magic" begins.

It's a trio date with Michael Aragon on drums and Wilbur Krebs on bass. "I've always loved trio albums," says the guitarist. "For example, my favorite Wes Montgomery album was BOSS GUITAR when he played with just a trio, and I always liked the Bill Evans Trio." That should alert you to the fact that King & Co. are inclined to stretch out quite a bit, providing for some free-wheeling improvisations.

Without a doubt, it is King's incredible speed and technique which will make the initial impression on the listener. His take on the Billie Holiday number, "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" is a perfect example, with bassist Krebs matching him note for note in a furious game of string tag. However, once one gets beyond the sheer dazzle, they will find that the guitarist has a seemingly endless stream of extemporaneous ideas. He takes comfortable themes like "Moon River" and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and develops them into ever expanding tendrils of melody.

Drummer Aragon powers the trio with the same combination of chops and taste that distinguishes his colleagues. Of particular note is his non-stop Latin groove on "How High the Moon."

If you thrill to the pyrotechnics of guys like Jimmy Bruno and Joe Pass, you won't be disappointed by Jackie King. MOON MAGIC is a five star, virtuoso performance.


Shop

More Articles

Read United CD/LP/Track Review United
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Chromola CD/LP/Track Review Chromola
by John Eyles
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn CD/LP/Track Review Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Nature City CD/LP/Track Review Nature City
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin CD/LP/Track Review Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 23, 2017
Read This Is The Uplifting Part CD/LP/Track Review This Is The Uplifting Part
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 22, 2017
Read "Andando el Tiempo" CD/LP/Track Review Andando el Tiempo
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 26, 2016
Read "Lovers" CD/LP/Track Review Lovers
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: September 13, 2016
Read "The Unknown" CD/LP/Track Review The Unknown
by Budd Kopman
Published: December 31, 2016
Read "More Stories from the Village" CD/LP/Track Review More Stories from the Village
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: May 13, 2016
Read "Psichedelica" CD/LP/Track Review Psichedelica
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 23, 2016
Read "Live At Zaal 100" CD/LP/Track Review Live At Zaal 100
by John Sharpe
Published: June 24, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT 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!