Suite for New York

Suite for New York

by D.D. Jackson

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D. D. Jackson has already displayed his formidable talents as a pianist on a series of strong recordings, including the exceptional duet sessions Paired Down, Vol. 1 and Vol.2 But Suite for New York is an achievement of another order altogether. A project of orchestral dimensions, albeit without an actual orchestra, the suite utilizes a jazz septet fleshed out with a violin and cello -- and, on one track, a poet (David Gonzalez) who intones a work of his own. Jackson was deeply affected by the 9-11 tragedy, and his heartfelt emotion seeps into his expansive work. Portraits of Jackson’s adopted city -- he’s a Canadian by birth -- are evoked in sweeping music that makes great use, both individually and collectively, of such accomplished players as saxophonist James Spaulding, trumpeter Brad Turner, drummer Dafnis Prieto, and Jackson himself. With this recording, Jackson steps up to the plate as a truly multi-dimensional jazz music

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2003
Label: Justin Time Records
UPC: 0068944018826
catalogNumber: 188
Rank: 185678

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Suite for New York 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Suite for New York continues D.D. Jackson's streak of outstanding CDs. I've read about lots of Young Lions who have been praised by the critics, but almost all have had one fatal flaw - the inability to consistently compose interesting, moving, and adventurous pieces of music. D.D. not only plays the heck out of the piano, but he backs it all up by creating compositions that navigate inside and outside forms within melodies that are moving. First Invocation starts things out with beautiful notes and clusters. A spoken word section follows that describes the New York I grew up in and love. This leads into a musical collage that includes a killer solo from James Spaulding. D.D.'s solo on "Central Park..." is pure Jackson - his works obviously are writings of and from his life. Other highlights include Brooklyn Lullaby, in which bass and piano soothe, and the violin says, "It's morning"; El Barrio had my wife(who is Puerto Rican and from Brooklyn)dancing - I hope D.D. will someday write so eloquently of my Italian neighborhood in Pelham Bay. It all comes together on Tower of Light. This sums up the whole journey - hope and rebirth come out of stress and challenge. Nobody does Jazz better. If you haven't heard D.D. Jackson, you're missing a chance to hear just how moving music can be.