Sunday, 23 May 2010

Michael Gregory Jackson






















Michael Gregory Jackson
Clarity. Bija 1976, MJ1000.

Another, "far to good to be milling around in the comments" drop. This time, it's Art Simon whos come up trumps with this tasty offering.

Some words from AMG;
"Clarity is one of the most interesting titles in guitarist Michael Gregory Jackson's sparse catalogue. Jackson had initially played in alto saxophonist Oliver Lake's band in the early seventies and hung around the loft scene initiated at Sam River's Studio Rivbea in New York. On his first date as a leader, he employs Lake and trumpeter Leo Smith who both double on an assortment of instruments, along with tenor saxophonist David Murray on one of his earliest dates. Jackson's relatively conventional electric and acoustic guitar style works in tandem with electric mandolin, bamboo flute, timpani marimba, percussion, and vocals (on the title cut only.) Clarity utilizes space and percussion similar to like-minded AACM (or, for that matter, BAG) dates of the time. With the combined participants and ESP banner, you would expect this to be an intense avant-garde summit meeting, but it rarely reaches that level of intensity, with the exception of Clarity(4) instigated by the presence of Murray's Ayler-like screeches."

Link in comments.

10 comments:

katonah said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/389805861/clarity.zip

Reza said...

Art Simon , pleasure to see you still contributing , a few to my old blog too
Hope your ok thanks for the album :)

the jazzstronaut said...

Many thanks guys for a great share, always appreciated.

Art Simon said...

Well, I can't take credit for this one, again thanks to the original poster over on soulseek.

To answer my own question, "Cowboys, Cartoons and Assorted Candy" on Enja from 1982 seems to be more in the style of Clarity than Heart & Center, at least from the title track but even if it is less groove oriented, I'd love to see a post of that one. Any one?

Buns O'Plenty said...

excellent blog, keep it up!

taro nombei said...

Indeed, many thanks Art Simon
And to you Katonah, of course — always looking forward to your excellent shares!

fritz the cat said...

thanks, the lack of any sort of beat made it hard to get into, but I've just about managed. I think.

Oscar said...

Private press continuously drops the science, math, and history. good looks on this weeks after-school-blunt anthem...

Rick said...

Thanks for this. I have his soul-jazz album Gifts which is beautiful. This one seems to be quite different judging from the comments.

jonathanalomoto said...

The link is dead, could you re-upload it please!

I've heard bits of this album before and it sounds incredible!