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Friday, April 13, 2018

CD Review: Gene Jackson Trio NuYorx- The Power of Love

Gene Jackson (drums); Gabriel Guerrero (piano); Carlo De Rosa (bass).
(Review by Lance).
Recorded, like so many classic jazz recordings, in New Jersey - This time in The Tedesco Studios in Paramus, NJ - we could be witnessing the unveiling of another classic. Only time will tell. What is certain is that it's as good as most piano trios that are currently doing the rounds.
A mix of originals by all three plus a couple by Monk (Played Twice and Ugly Beauty) and one by Cole Porter (I Love You) - where would we be without Cole to fall back on!
Jackson comes to this, his first album as a leader, with an impressive CV that includes Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland and Kevin Eubanks to mention but a few.
Drummers should be seen and not heard doesn't apply to Jackson - he makes his presence heard forever asserting his role as more than a mere timekeeper. Well, he would, wouldn't he? - it's his gig! In all fairness though, his contribution does lift the trio well above cocktail lounge status.
Not that there was any chance of them being that. Colombian Guerrero is well schooled in both North American jazz and South American rhythms and harmonies making him the perfect pianist to lay down the compositions, 3 of which are his own (Jackson and De Rosa both have 2) and reflect his love of Afro-Caribbean music. A passion he shares with Jackson.
De Rosa could be described as 'the bassman's bassman' such is his command of the instrument and the endless flow of ideas he unleashes in his solos.
Talking about bassmen, Michael Janisch has once again picked a winner for his Whirlwind label. Whether featuring UK musicians or using his inside knowledge of the New York scene Michael rarely picks an also-ran.
Highly recommended for those who want something more than the traditional piano, bass and drums trio without totally losing the plot.
Lance.
Released April 4 on Whirlwind WR4723.

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