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Javon Jackson, Pleasant Valley

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Javon Jackson, Pleasant Valley

Audio CD

Disk ID: 1629988

Disk length: 55m 21s (9 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 1999

Label: Unknown

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“Pleasant Valley” Tracks & Durations

1. Sun Swept Sunday 3:23
2. Pleasant Valley 7:09
3. Hippodelphia 6:59
4. Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing 8:30
5. Jim Jam 6:29
6. In the Pocket 6:08
7. Brother 'G' 5:24
8. Love and Happiness 4:37
9. For One Who Knows 6:34

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Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson and cohorts have found plenty of fertile ground in Pleasant Valley. Using Larry Goldings's down-home organ as a backdrop and Dave Stryker's light-fingered guitar as a foil, Jackson has managed to evoke the creative days of early fusion (in particular, the Tony Williams Lifetime) while fitting in perfectly with the lounge-jazz mainstream. Jackson has a dollop of funk in his sophisticated tone, which he adds judiciously, giving a little juice to his complex, serpentine lines. Combine this with the sensitive interaction of the group, the relative rhythmic freedoms of drummer Billy Drummond, and the psychedelic rock-guitar effects, and you have much more than a mere copy of the '50s organ-tenor sound. What you have is a cauldron of creative possibilities welded to an earthy, unhurried feel. And that feeling is, indeed, a pleasant one: a form of relaxed stimulation. --Wally Shoup