[3/2/2006] - Montreal Gazette review of Suite for New York
Rating 4 This ambitious CD is much more than a tribute to The City, post 9-11. It is a grand evocation of the joys, mystery, and pain of life there, and Ottawa-born pianist-composer D.D. Jackson has sketched out a tough portrait. The music is neither overly dramatic nor sentimental, and Jackson injects his passionate piano style into the mix created by the eight other players to deliver a multifaceted tableau. The suite is built around four invocations - solo passages by the pianist, trumpeter Brad Turner, alto saxophonist James Spaulding, culminating in the Final Invocation. Called Central Park Promenade, the full ensemble in turn waxes lyrical and dissonant, ending on a note of ambiguity rather than resolution.
- Montreal Gazette