[11/4/2006] - The Voice 88.7 fm review of "Serenity Song"
Pianist and composer D. D. JACKSON creates a marvelous encompassing series of interesting interluding selections , showing a marvelous variety and selectivity.
Most engaging is “Three Shades Of Mingus,” especially we all enjoy Mingus for his humor and voracity and Jackson lines them runs up, down, through and around chord structures with melodic tension and release, a fore' of reparte'.
Then a dazzling melodic “Love Theme From Quebecite',” the theme to the jazz opera Jackson performed at the Quelph Jazz Festival a few years ago. At first
listen, Jackson's music seems highly recognizable in it's optimistic pop sensibility. A closer scrutiny reveals Jackson's magnanimous multitude of subtlety. “The Con” with Sam Newsome's
dissonant earthy tones as it skirts around, a beggar's opera view as Jackson accompanies and on screen Charles Chaplin cavorts in a silence of a post early panorama. Then a fiery “Etude” as Jackson blazes away with drummer Dafnis Prieto profound celebratory retort. Finally the pastoral and sophisticated blues laced title tune, “Serenity Song.” This new D. D.
Jackson CD is an end to a perfect evening with a similar pop ambiance that only greats can engender.
D. D. Jackson displays an ability to reach your inner most Harlem ways, Broadway romantic views and sophisticated high hat notions.
Good Night, Mr Callaway where ever you are....
- Dick Crockett, "The Voice" 88.7 fm, Sacramento, CA