Serenity Song

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Some folks in the straight-ahead jazz world are of the opinion that a jazz album isn't legitimate unless it contains an abundance of well-known standards. But such thinking is silly, especially in light of the fact that many talented improvisers are also talented composers; D.D. Jackson is a prime example. There isn't a warhorse to be found on Serenity Song. The acoustic pianist wrote all of the material himself, which is not to say that he isn't capable of playing standards; Jackson has done it in the past and done it pleasingly well. But if one is as gifted and prolific a composer as Jackson, there is no reason not to provide as much original material as possible -- ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Some folks in the straight-ahead jazz world are of the opinion that a jazz album isn't legitimate unless it contains an abundance of well-known standards. But such thinking is silly, especially in light of the fact that many talented improvisers are also talented composers; D.D. Jackson is a prime example. There isn't a warhorse to be found on Serenity Song. The acoustic pianist wrote all of the material himself, which is not to say that he isn't capable of playing standards; Jackson has done it in the past and done it pleasingly well. But if one is as gifted and prolific a composer as Jackson, there is no reason not to provide as much original material as possible -- and his compositional talents are very much in evidence on memorable items that include the optimistic "Chi-Pin's Song," the pensive "Nocturne," the good-natured title track, and "Taiwan Moments" (a delicate waltz with a Bill Evans-minded appeal). Serenity Song has it share of quiet, reflective moments, but the generally lyrical Jackson's passionate side asserts itself in a big way on the exuberant "Etude," which hints at fellow pianist Michel Camilo. At times, Serenity Song is a trio album, uniting Jackson's piano with Ugonna Okegwo's upright bass and Dafnis Prieto's drums. Other times, Jackson's trio becomes a quartet, quintet, or sextet thanks to the addition of players who include Sam Newsome on soprano sax, Christian Howes on violin, and Dana Leong on trombone and cello. Except for the core Jackson/Okegwo/Prieto trio, the personnel can vary from one track to the next. But regardless of who's joining him on a particular song, Serenity Song is an excellent demonstration of Jackson's talents as both a soloist and a composer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2006
  • Label: Justin Time Records
  • UPC: 068944022229
  • Catalog Number: 222
  • Sales rank: 372,871

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chi-Pin's Song (6:59)
  2. 2 Etude (4:22)
  3. 3 Taiwan Moments (4:23)
  4. 4 Serenity Song (6:07)
  5. 5 Nocturne (8:32)
  6. 6 Three Shades of Mingus (4:44)
  7. 7 Love Theme from Québécité (5:52)
  8. 8 Lushly (5:05)
  9. 9 The Con (6:18)
  10. 10 Sam He Is (8:02)
  11. 11 The Recovery (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
D.D. Jackson Primary Artist, Organ, Piano
Sam Newsome Soprano Saxophone
Dafnis Prieto Percussion, Drums
Christian Howes Violin, Electric Violin, Violin (Bass)
Ugonna Okegwo Acoustic Bass
Dana Leong Trombone
Technical Credits
Jim Anderson Engineer
D.D. Jackson Arranger, Composer, Producer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Jim West Executive Producer
Dana Leong Contributor
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