225

Javon Jackson: Now

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
As a member of drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson learned what it takes to create good music. One of the most influential teachers for several generations, Blakey stressed the importance of finding your groove and sticking to it. He demanded that each of his Messengers step up and take the bull by the horns in order to remain strong. The formula worked wonders for successive Jazz Messengers from the 1950s until Blakey's passing in October 1990. Since then, Jackson has gone on to lead his own bands and to carve his own niche in a mainstream world where everybody needs to feel comfortable with his own voice.

Enlisting the support of organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and guitarist David Gilmore, Jackson takes Now through a powerful R&B groove that recalls the heyday of the guitar/organ combo made famous in the 1960s. Jackson updates the traditional sound, however, with several originals, several pop songs, and some funk. His big tenor washes over the soulful sound of his quintet with a sultry façade that boils over from within. Jackson has always been a master of restraint. He churns with emotion, but makes sure that things remain comfortable and fixed in their groove. Along with guitar and organ, his soulful tenor wraps the room in smoke while providing plenty of fun along the way. wraps the room in smoke while providing plenty of fun along the way.


Track Listing: In the Sticks; Chief Blackwater; Love Calls; South Side Eddie; Where Is The Love; Richard's R.A.P.; Fun Time; Give It Up, Turn It Loose; I Remember You.

Personnel: Javon Jackson: tenor saxophone; David Gilmore: electric guitar; Kenny Davis: electric bass; Greg Hutchinson: drums; Dr. Lonnie Smith: organ; Lisa Fischer: vocals (3, 5, 8).

Title: Now | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Palmetto Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read ON Tour CD/LP/Track Review ON Tour
by John Kelman
Published: October 22, 2017
Read On a Distant Shore CD/LP/Track Review On a Distant Shore
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets CD/LP/Track Review Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read Signal 9 CD/LP/Track Review Signal 9
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 22, 2017
Read For the Love of You CD/LP/Track Review For the Love of You
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Recent Developments CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by John Sharpe
Published: October 21, 2017
Read "Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 43 - Zurich 1950" CD/LP/Track Review Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 43 - Zurich 1950
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 12, 2017
Read "Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 19, 2017
Read "Illegal Crowns" CD/LP/Track Review Illegal Crowns
by John Sharpe
Published: December 10, 2016
Read "The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 1" CD/LP/Track Review The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 1
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 30, 2016
Read "Live at the Stone: Megaloprepus Caerulatus" CD/LP/Track Review Live at the Stone: Megaloprepus Caerulatus
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 2, 2017
Read "Times and Tides" CD/LP/Track Review Times and Tides
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 28, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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