|Buffalo News review of Suite for New York|
|Jazz/D.D. Jackson, "Suite for New York" (Justin Time). One of the most eagerly awaited jazz records of the year - and one of the most important. Compositional ambition is alive and well in jazz, as is post-Coltrane, post-Cecil Taylor expressive energy. Obviously, after Sept. 11, the composer-pianist's original attempt to enter the rarified compositional sphere of Ellington, Mingus and George Russell had to be rewritten to include an entirely different sense of New York. Listen to the blistering "BQE" here (named for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway), a little new century jazz classic. I wish some of the players had been more up to it but it seems to me in this one composition, Jackson has already leapfrogged over the entire compositional career, thus far, of Wynton Marsalis, Pulitzer Prize or no. |
| Jeff Simon, Buffalo News||
|"D.D. Jackson is, at his best, the most inventive pianist under 50, dashing across the keyboard with preternatural speed yet never losing his classical grace and precision or his left-hand bluesy roots...."|
-- - Fred Kaplan, The Absolute Sound
|Suite for New York:|
An impressive montage of controlled chaos, exciting solo work and promise of things to come: a febrile fusion of futuristic jazz, contemporary classical, streetwise funk and Afro-Cuban sensuality.
-- - Jazz Times Magazine
"The score is a powerful, identifiably Jacksonesque effort full of energy, rhythm, and flourish..."
-- - Mark Miller, the Globe and Mail
"Swinging, immediate and risk-taking, Sigame is everything a great jazz album should be."
-- - Pulse magazine
|"They should have called it "Stand Back, Here Comes D.D. Jackson." This passionate young Canadian pianist sounds like a state-of-the-art player piano exceeding the limits of human performance. "......So Far" is clearly a contender for jazz record of the year. Don't miss it."|
-- Steve Guttenberg, Audio magazine