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Brian Jackson


Half of the power duo Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson, Brian wrote, arranged and produced over 10 albums over an eight-year period. Time and time again that music has found its way onto over 100 cuts like Common's “The People” (from "We Almost Lost Detroit") and Kendrick Lamar's “Poe Mans Dreams” (from "Peace Go With You, Brother").

Almost 40 years later, Brian is still building with artists as diverse as Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (Midnight Hour, A Tribe Called Quest) vocalist Gregory Porter, Christopher "Puma" Smith, (The Archives, Thievery Corporation), jazz violinist Scott Tixier and legendary bassist Charnett Moffett


Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day 2024 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day 2024 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

Every year, Record Store Day (RSD) promises limited edition vinyl releases for all tastes in music. From the latest popular artists to the most obscure archival releases, RSD drops try to cover a lot of musical territory. Practically all genres of music are represented and, of course, jazz is no exception. Fortunately, the April 2024 drop ...


Points of View

Label: Left Angle Productions
Released: 2023
Track listing: Sunburst, Alex the Great, Ain't Gon Change A Thang, In Search of Truth, Okonkole y Trompa, A Toast to the People, Fusion/Noche Cubana, Ain't No Need in Crying, Oriental Folk Song, My Lord and Master.


Article: Album Review

JuJu: Message From Mozambique

Read "Message From Mozambique" reviewed by Chris May

There are many historic albums among the fifty or so titles released by the Strata-East label in the 1970s. But few have acquired the quasi-mythological stature of 1973's politically charged spiritual-jazz masterpiece Message From Mozambique by Bay Area tenor saxophonist Plunk Nkabinde and his band JuJu. The only disc to come close is Gil Scott-Heron and ...

Article: Profile

Adrian Younge e Ali Shaheed Muhammad : Jazz Is Dead

Read "Adrian Younge e Ali Shaheed Muhammad : Jazz Is Dead" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Hanno scelto un marchio provocatorio, Adrian Younge e Ali Shaheed Muhammad per l'etichetta discografica e la piattaforma di musica dal vivo che gestiscono a Los Angeles da alcuni anni. I due musicisti e produttori vengono dalla scena hip-hop: il primo ha lavorato con artisti di fama mondiale come Wu-Tang Clan, Souls of Mischief e ...


Article: Year in Review

Tony Ozuna’s Best Albums 2022

Read "Tony Ozuna’s Best Albums 2022" reviewed by Tony Ozuna

In 2022, live jazz clubs were revived and the rapport of musicians and their audience took a higher level of mutual appreciation. Groups listed on this Best Albums finally got to tour their newest releases across borders. Jazz that evolves with the times and across continents are the criteria for these selected Best Albums of 2022. ...


Article: What is Jazz?

2023 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2023 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The fact that New York City's Winter JazzFest (WJF) is back to in-person performances may very well be among the most meaningful signs, at least for jazz die-hards, that life is returning to normal. The overall number of concerts may not be as high as in the past, with the 170+ performances of 2020 ...


This Is Brian Jackson

Label: BBE Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: All Talk; Force Of Will; C'est Cette Comete; Nomad; Mami Wata; Path To Macondo / Those Kind Of Blues; Hold On; Little Orphan Boy.


Up So Close

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Up So Close 6:12


News: Recording

Exotic International Singer Patrina Morris Released 'Up So Close' Featuring Brian Jackson

Exotic International Singer Patrina Morris Released 'Up So Close' Featuring Brian Jackson

Patrina Morris brings a romantic summer dance feeling this month with the release of an upbeat single “Up So Close” the original 1966 vibe mix featuring Brian Jackson. Brazil meets a touch of Ibiza in this duet. Recorded in home studios, Brooklyn, Portugal, London and Brazil come together for the first time. Patrina: “We made ...


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