[12/20/2007] - www.jazzweek.com review of "Serenity Song"
D.D.JACKSON is next from his new SERENITY SONG cd. We played the bright “Love Theme From Quebecite. from the opera. Jackson performed it at the Quelph Jazz Festival in Canada. It's a beautiful lyrical piece, typical of Jackson leading you into a remarkable series of romantic counter plays and laying on some heavy melodic chordation. Remember, he was taught by one of the great rebels of bop piano, Jaki Byard. With “Serenity Song” don't be at all surprised by Jackson's remarkable range of dynamics on this CD. Once you're inside you're enthralled with this music. Sam Newsome on soprano sax is amply prevalent especially on “The Con” and Christian Howes violin offers a balance, remarkable could be classical, a ballet, opera maybe, but it's not, it's jazz in
variant forms on this CD.