Rhythm-Dance, a trio recording from early '96, continues with many of the same themes found on 1995's Peace-Song. Again, the compositions are all by Jackson. In the absence of David Murray's titanic tenor sax, Jackson explores the greater freedom a straight trio allows. His melodies overflow with gospelly/bluesy embellishments, and his solos break free from rhythmic and harmonic constraints. The trio, as on Peace-Song, is remarkably tight. It's worthwhile considering that this record was made within months after the deaths of Jackson's mother and his mentor, Don Pullenso certain tunes betray a melancholic depth.
Overall, these first two D.D. Jackson records are among the finest in the Justin Time catalogcertainly the best I've heard. The clarity, depth, and playfulness of Jackson's group present a refreshing contrast to most of the trio music out there. Subsequent recordings for Justin Time include two duo records; Jackson has since recorded two group records and a solo outing for BMG.
Track Listing: DD Blues, Nueva Cancion, No Boundaries, Some Thoughts About You, Motion Sickness, Rhythm-Dance, Ayse, Dreams, Guitar Song, For Mama, Peace of Mind.
Personnel: D.D. Jackson, piano; John Geggie, bass; Jean Martin, drums.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.