Ed Jackson: Wake Up Call
Liner Notes   Cat. No. 80451     Release Date: 1994-01-01

Ed Jackson, alto, tenor sax; Rich Rothenberg, tenor sax; James Zollar, trumpet; Clark Gayton, trombone; John Stetch, piano; Dave Jackson, bass; Steve Johns, drums; Jamie Baum, flute

Even Ed Jackson’s fine work with the cooperative 29th Street Saxophone Quartet may leave you unprepared for the richness of this disc, his debut as (sole) leader. Life is never reducible to one operating principle; it's rarely simple or symmetrical, yet it follows its own subtle logic from one phase to the next. The music on Wake-Up Call has the same sort of organic intricacy and grace.

You have to be very sure of yourself to record an album with four pieces that run nine minutes or longer, one of which, the title track, is an airplay-resistant 13 minutes long as well as being structurally complex. It's not that the individual parts of these compositions are forbidding—there's lots of melodic, swinging improvising and ensemble interaction over the course of this disc. But when you contemplate the big picture, Jackson's daring becomes apparent. Even when he's working with a standard tune, he chooses from an array of possibilities and sidesteps the ordinary.

Ed Jackson

Ed Jackson: Wake Up Call

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Track Listing

Played Twice
Thelonius Monk
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Not for Granted
Ed Jackson
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To Have or To Be
Ed Jackson
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Under The Gun
Ed Jackson
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Hungry Edward
Tom Varner
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Have You Met Miss Jones?
Richard Rodgers
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Wake-up Call
Ed Jackson
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Boots and Fur
Tom Varner
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One for Bud
Weldon Irvine
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