All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

2

Gene Jackson Trio Nu Yorx: Power Of Love

Roger Farbey By

Sign in to view read count
Born in Philadelphia in 1961, Gene Jackson had already determined by his late teens to become a professional drummer. He attended Berklee College of Music where his classmates numbered Branford Marsalis, Cindy Blackman, Terri Lyne Carrington and Jeff "Tain" Watts to name just a few. He's worked with many major players in jazz including Dave Holland, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Kevin Eubanks. For his debut album as leader, Jackson has shrewdly selected two truly inspired musicians.

Listening to the opening number, Cole Porter's "I Love You" might give the impression that this is an album of standards but that's far from what's on offer. Carlo De Rosa's luscious, deep bass is a particular standout here. "Great River," one of two Jackson-penned numbers, is a jaunty, angular piece with an eccentric dragged beat. The only other non-originals are two Thelonius Monk tunes, the upbeat "Played Twice" and the more conventional ballad "Ugly Beauty," which spotlights pianist Gabriel Guerrero, whose playing is both assured and sensitive throughout the album. Following a sombre opening with thunderous drums and arco bass, Guerrero's "Land Of The Free" breaks down into a much looser arrangement, but holds together cohesively before reverting to the opening head.

"Peaceful Tremor" written by De Rosa, is, as its title implies, a delicate composition, performed at a largo tempo, Guerrero's dulcet piano accompanied by Jackson's brushed drums and De Rosa's sonorous pizzicato bass. Jackson's "Before Then" gathers pace with Guerrero's fleet-footed piano work dominating, closely mirrored by Jackson's crisp drumming and De Rosa's resonant bass, both of which are showcased in solos. The album concludes with Guerrero's "Lapso," which oscillates between languidness and excitingly vibrant sections, all sewn together seamlessly. In its 67 minutes, this album yields a myriad of beguiling ideas both in terms of composition and execution. It also highlights the sheer versatility of Jackson's percussive talents within this heterogeneous set.

Track Listing: I Love You; Great River; A Peaceful Tremor; Lighting; Played Twice; Land Of The Free; Neptune; Ugly Beauty; Before Then; Lapso.

Personnel: Gene Jackson: drums; Gabriel Guerrero: piano; Carlo De Rosa: double bass.

Title: Power Of Love | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Whirlwind Recordings Ltd

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Always Forward CD/LP/Track Review
Always Forward
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 15, 2018
Read The Music of Richard Whiting CD/LP/Track Review
The Music of Richard Whiting
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 15, 2018
Read Barefoot Dances and Other Visions CD/LP/Track Review
Barefoot Dances and Other Visions
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 15, 2018
Read Twinscapes Vol. 2: A Modern Approach To The Dancefloor CD/LP/Track Review
Twinscapes Vol. 2: A Modern Approach To The Dancefloor
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 15, 2018
Read Talking with Charlie - An Imaginary Talk with Charlie Parker CD/LP/Track Review
Talking with Charlie - An Imaginary Talk with Charlie Parker
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 15, 2018
Read The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live 1966! CD/LP/Track Review
The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live 1966!
by Richard J Salvucci
Published: November 15, 2018
Read "Landfall" CD/LP/Track Review Landfall
by Doug Collette
Published: May 2, 2018
Read "While We Still Have Bodies" CD/LP/Track Review While We Still Have Bodies
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 14, 2018
Read "Alleviation" CD/LP/Track Review Alleviation
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 18, 2017
Read "Toy Tunes" CD/LP/Track Review Toy Tunes
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 16, 2018
Read "Surface of Inscription" CD/LP/Track Review Surface of Inscription
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 21, 2017
Read "There Are Stars In Brooklyn" CD/LP/Track Review There Are Stars In Brooklyn
by James Fleming
Published: October 16, 2018