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Fayetteville, Arkansas native Keefe Jackson left his Ozarks home and bobbed to the surface in Chicago in 2001. Since that time, the multi-reedist has performed with many local musicians and has been the part of several jazz projects, including the Lucky 7s, the 774th Street Quartet, the Chicago Luzern Exchange, and his present Fast Citizens on Ready Everyday.
There is nary a single standard on Ready Everyday, giving evidence to the burgeoning Chicago jazz scene, a cutting edge zone of creativity and talent. Immediately out of the chute, Jackson proves to be a weaver of craggy melodic heads and sinewy solos. Josh Berman's cornet gives the decidedly post bop direction of the music a bit of an antique feel, a Janus-like effect of looking forward and backward at the same time.
The opening title tune has a basic post bop structure with a serpentine head and boisterous soloing, most particularly by cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, who summons, on this and "Signs, a sound that I suspect Yo-Yo Ma could barely comprehend in any context. "Signs is a loosely conceived piece with a simple harmonic foundation that provides ample soloing room for Berman. Drummer Frank Rosaly is brilliantly bombastic and noisy, demonstrating the true freedom of jazz in rhythm.
Keefe Jackson's music exists on the evaporational interface of jazz where harmonic structure dissolves into a controlled freedom which, in turn, becomes individual musical molecules, free floating. This is music of freshness where not every note is perfect, but the improvisatory path to those notes is perfectand creation occurs spontaneously. This is the art and magic of the jazz musician.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.