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Jackson, Michael Gregory - Gift - Used LP
Jackson, Michael Gregory - Gift - Used LP
Jackson, Michael Gregory - Gift - Used LP
Jackson, Michael Gregory - Gift - Used LP
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Jackson, Michael Gregory - Gift - Used LP

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1979.  Avant-garde jazz fusion with focus on Jackson's electric guitar and the work of the various horn players, rhythm and reflection, voices and textures, explorations and conversations.  Coming out of the fusion of the early 70s (Miles Davis, Weather Report), this clearly has its own sound and feel, stepping back to pick up subtle hints of Africa, and stepping forward into explorations of space age outer spaces.  The rhythm section holds down the fort, but also lets the conversations move into their own modes of transportation.  For me, I would have wanted the rhythm to completely pull it down back to earth and into a groove and have everything else moving around that, but unlike some of the other black fusion players from this era, this has other concerns than the funk, and who am I to question these talented musicians and their visions and conversations.  This is still keenly aware of R&B and the importance the bass at the bottom, but this focuses on the explorations of the voices, coming from vocal cords, and especially horns and Jackson's electric instruments.  While late 1970s fusion just ain't bag, this clearly sails above most of competition.  -- winch

4.5/5 stars.  Quintessential group recording for creative guitarist.  An important progressive music album, with Jerome HarrisMarty EhrlichBaikida Carroll and Pheeroan Aklaff."

Artist Biography by The ambitious guitarist Michael Gregory Jackson temporarily adopted the shortened moniker of Michael Gregory to avoid confusion with pop star Michael Jackson. He recorded with some of the more ambitious modern and experimental jazz players in the late '70s and early '80s, including saxophonist Oliver Lake. As an acoustic and electric stylist, he was interested not only in comping behind singers and doing conventional single-line solos, but in sounds, rhythms, and textures. Then he shifted gears and began doing fusion and R&B."


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