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 was first exposed to jazz by my father, who was a rabid fan when he was younger, in the early to mid 1950's. We lived in NYC and he was a regular at places like the Village Vanguard and Birdland. One of his favorite stories involved meeting Charlie Parker and Miles on 52nd St
I was first exposed to jazz by my father, who was a rabid fan when he was younger, in the early to mid 1950's. We lived in NYC and he was a regular at places like the Village Vanguard and Birdland. One of his favorite stories involved meeting Charlie Parker and Miles on 52nd St. Needless to say, Jazz and Blues were always on the stereo in our home. I was steeped in these exciting sounds, and they make up some of my earliest memories.