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Javon Jackson: For You

Read "For You" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson has roots stretching back to the hard-bop forebearers, having served stints with Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, and other luminaries of the lineage. For You is his twentieth release as a leader, and it finds him paying homage to Hubbard ("My Man Hubbard"), McCoy Tyner ("88 Strong"), Pharoah Sanders ("Mr. Sanders"--though really, the vibe is more great-quartet era of John Coltrane than Sanders), and Walton (two tunes by the pianist: “Simple Pleasure" and “Holy Land"). ...

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Javon Jackson, Jonathan Finlayson & More

Read "Javon Jackson, Jonathan Finlayson & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week's episode begins with the exceptional saxophonist Javon Jackson and music off his latest CD For You. The show revolves around Javon's long jazz journey as we play cuts from legends like Sonny Stitt and Art Blakey. The show goes on to highlight new music from Stefon Harris, Javier Santiago and Freckle Legend. We also feature music by veterans like Ken Wiley and Christian McBride and their newest CDs. This hour will come to a rousing ...

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We Four at Dazzle

Read "We Four at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

We Four Dazzle Denver, CO October 21, 2017 The majority of Twentieth Century jazz was represented on stage at Dazzle Saturday night. Either the players were there, in person, or they were merely one degree of separation from the key action and the dominant personalities. History lessons can be nice, but jazz is a performing art and it's what's happening on stage right now that counts. There was no problem in that department because the ...

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Javon Jackson: Pleasant Valley – 1999

Read "Javon Jackson: Pleasant Valley – 1999" reviewed by Marc Davis

If the iconic sound of Blue Note Records could be summed up in just one band, it would surely be Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. For 35 years--1955 to 1990--the Messengers were the heart and soul of hard bop, on Blue Note and other labels. But what happened when Blakey died in 1990? Where did the music and the musicians go after that? For decades, Blakey trained a Who's Who of young jazz royalty. Many became legends. ...

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Javon Jackson: Now

Read "Now" reviewed by Jim Santella

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. ...

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Javon Jackson: Now

Read "Now" reviewed by John Barron

Audiences who first came to know Javon Jackson through his recordings for Criss Cross and Blue Note shouldn't be the least bit surprised when the Joe Henderson-inspired tenor saxophonist, who first came to prominence with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, releases a commercially conscious disc like Now. As with his previous efforts for Palmetto Records, 2003's Easy Does It and 2005's Have You Heard, Now focuses on listener-friendly grooves while emphasizing the strengths of the top-tier musicians involved.

From the opening ...

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Javon Jackson: Have You Heard

Read "Have You Heard" reviewed by John Kelman

Continuing down the path he laid with '03's Easy Does It, tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson's latest, Have You Heard, is another groove-happy release that turns away from his earlier straight-ahead discs on Criss Cross and Blue Note, moving even further towards a soulful, funky vibe with greater crossover appeal. Lightweight it may be, but it's also a lot of fun and, if assessed on its own merits, successful in an easy-on-the-ears kind of way.

Back from Easy Does It are ...

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Javon Jackson: Easy Does It

Read "Easy Does It" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Javon Jackson’s band on Easy Does It is not unlike the Wayne Shorter-Curtis Fuller Jazz Messengers... both boast superb lineups, but only Jackson and his band are steeped in the 21st Century Groove. Mr. Jackson’s previous five recordings for Blue Note established him as fresh new voice in jazz, unafraid of stirring things up a bit. He took that attitude and shot it at light-speed into the Palmetto studios to produce a funk masterpiece.

Mr. Jackson has chosen the right ...

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Javon Jackson, et al. / Joanne Brackeen: Thank You, Joe! / Popsicle Illusion

Read "Thank You, Joe! / Popsicle Illusion" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Several Arkadia discs have made their way to my desk and two releases have finally floated to the top for my attention. Two very fine releases, I might add.

Joe Henderson. Continuing their Grammy(r)-nominated Thank You... series, Arkadia serves up a tribute to the very much alive and recording Joe Henderson. Past Thank You... recordings have highlighted deceased artists and include Thank You, Duke (Duke Ellington, 70003), Thank You, John (John Coltrane, 70002) and Thank You, Gerry (Gerry Mulligan, 71191). ...

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Javon Jackson: Pleasant Valley

Read "Pleasant Valley" reviewed by John Sharpe

Having been tutored in Art Blakey's school of hard bop, it comes as no surprise that Javon Jackson's first albums as a leader were steeped in that idiom. Pleasant Valley, his fifth effort for Blue Note, departs slightly from the hard bop genre and heads into “grooveland." Working with guitarist Dave Stryker, organist Larry Goldings and drummer Billy Drummond, Pleasant Valley recalls the soul-jazz of many a classic organ combo. Unexpectedly, the CD opens with a rather low-key rendition of ...

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Javon Jackson: Pleasant Valley

Read "Pleasant Valley" reviewed by Jim Santella

A solid, dependable and mild-mannered saxophonist, Javon Jackson studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston for several years before joining Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. The saxophonist’s niche in today’s jazz world is filled with solid mainstream vibrations and a caressing respect for the instrument. Jackson’s approach is a bit laid-back, his tone is true, and his articulation serves him well. At 33, the saxophonist is in a position to either branch out or to focus more on that ...

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Javon Jackson: Pleasant Valley

Read "Pleasant Valley" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Javon Jackson’s mission is to make a popular record. Imagine that, a non-smooth jazz release that’s hip enough for dad (a sixties guy), yet catchy enough for radio! Jackson, an Art Blakey and Elvin Jones graduate has a pedigree and a sound on the tenor saxophone that’s somewhere between Gene Ammons and Joe Henderson. At 33, he has played the bebop route, and like Ammons or Stanley Turrentine before him he has chosen to explore soul jazz. His latest, a ...


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