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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.
Years ago now--in Rhodesia--listening to Voice of America with Willis Conover I heard Bunk Johnson play When The Saints Go Marching In, and Billie Holiday sing Don't Explain. I knew then there was no other life for me than jazz.