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Wake up Call
     

Wake up Call

by Ed Jackson
 
The superior, complex, and colorful arrangements of altoist Ed Jackson and French horn wizard Tom Varner make this project a cut above most. The eight-piece group often sounds double its size during the episodic works, and the music is consistently unpredictable. Thelonious Monk's "Played Twice" becomes surprisingly repetitive (in a

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The superior, complex, and colorful arrangements of altoist Ed Jackson and French horn wizard Tom Varner make this project a cut above most. The eight-piece group often sounds double its size during the episodic works, and the music is consistently unpredictable. Thelonious Monk's "Played Twice" becomes surprisingly repetitive (in a colorful way) while "Have You Met Miss Jones?" retains the melody but little else. The other seven pieces (four by Jackson and two from Varner) always hold onto one's interest, exploring a wide variety of moods and styles, from swinging to sound explorations and group soloing. There are fine individual moments from the musicians (Jackson is quite original on alto and his soprano playing on "Under the Gun" is memorable), but it is the arrangements and unusual ensembles that stick most in one's mind. This is an obscure but very rewarding disc, one that should have made Ed Jackson famous.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/1994
Label:
New World Records
UPC:
0093228045120
catalogNumber:
80451

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Performance Credits

Ed Jackson   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Tom Varner   French Horn
John Stetch   Piano
Jamie Baum   Flute
Clark Gayton   Trombone,Bass Trombone
David Jackson   Bass
Steve Johns   Drums
Rich Rothenberg   Tenor Saxophone
James Zollar   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dave Jackson   Bass

Technical Credits

Tom Varner   Producer
John Stetch   Arranger
Ed Jackson   Arranger,Composer
Arthur Moorhead   Executive Producer
Jon Rosenberg   Engineer
Kevin Whitehead   Liner Notes
Karen Greenberg   Illustrations

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