[9/19/2006] - Pittsburg Tribune-Review review of Serenity Song
This album quickly establishes itself and the work of pianist D.D. Jackson. The first two pieces move from "Chi-Pini's Song," a gentle waltz, to "Etude," an angular bit of new-bop. The first features violinist Christian Howes while the second is a standout for the pianist. These two pieces quickly set up the energy that fills this album. The disc is loaded with great play from Jackson, Howes, sax player Sam Newsome and drummer Dafnis Prieto. But maybe the strongest element is Jackson's composition. The 11 songs range from nicely swinging waltzes, such as the opener and "Taiwan Moments," to the hard-driving "Three Shades of Mingus." Standing almost on its own is the lovely "Love Theme from Quebecite," from Jackson's jazz opera. It features lovely cello work from Dana Leong, who also plays trombone on the Mingus tune.
- Bob Karlovits, Pittsburg Tribune-Review, Sept. 17, 2006