[5/4/17] from "David Murray is Back in Town" [Fred Kaplan, Stereophile]
[David Murray's] band for the Vanguard dates includes the pianist D.D. Jackson, a former Murray sideman who's also been missing on the scene for a couple of decades. I asked him after the set where he's been. Turns out he's been composing music for children's television, for which he's won some Emmy Awards and, presumably, some decent paychecks—necessities since he's been married and had a couple of kids (which was not his situation when I last saw him). Meanwhile, he's lost none of his brilliance, whether mad-dashing across the keyboard (he was an acolyte of Don Pullen, whose legacy he embodies with fine flair), comping with deep lyricism, or . . . well, anything the occasion demands. I hope Murray's return means Jackson's as well.