MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON

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One of the most influential and innovative guitarists to emerge during New York’s avant-garde loft scene in the 70s, master guitarist, composer, and improviser Michael Gregory Jackson has spanned and at times defied musical genres. He has embraced everything from avant-garde, creative music, jazz, blues, rock and electronica soundscapes to harmonically rich and lyrically deep vocal tunes, with the complex arrangements and subtleties that are a signature of his music. In his early career, Rolling Stone magazine called Jackson “the most original jazz guitarist to emerge since the sixties.”

Jackson’s brilliant technique on electric and acoustic, flavored with quicksilver runs, volume pedal swells and sudden shifts from crystalline melodic to fuzzy dissonance, has been name-checked as a critical influence on such 6-string greats as Bill Frisell, Vernon Reid, Marc Ribot, Mary Halvorson and more.

Michael has worked and/or recorded with luminaries across the musical spectrum including Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, Wadada Leo
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MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON More Images Michael Gregory Jackson, Oliver Lake, Leo Smith, David Murray ‎: Clarity album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
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Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON Karmonic Suite album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Karmonic Suite
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON Gifts album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Gifts
Fusion 1979
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON Heart & Center album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Heart & Center
Jazz Related RnB 1979
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON Cowboys, Cartoons & Assorted Candy... album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Cowboys, Cartoons & Assorted Candy...
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 1982
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON Situation X album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Situation X
Jazz Related RnB 1983
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON What To Where album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
What To Where
Jazz Related RnB 1987
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON The Way We Used To Do album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Way We Used To Do
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 1990
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON High Up Where The Breezes Blow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
High Up Where The Breezes Blow
Jazz Related RnB 1995
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON Towards The Sun album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Towards The Sun
Jazz Related RnB 2002
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet ‎: After Before album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet ‎: After Before
Eclectic Fusion 2015
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON Endogeny & Exogamy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Endogeny & Exogamy
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON Spirit Signal Strata album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Spirit Signal Strata
Fusion 2017
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet : WHENUFINDITUWILLKNOW album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet : WHENUFINDITUWILLKNOW
Fusion 2019

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MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet : WHENUFINDITUWILLKNOW

Album · 2019 · Fusion
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To say that Michael Gregory Jackson is a well-known guitarist who has influenced many others is something of an understatement. Pat Metheny said, *"I have always considered him to be one of the most significantly original guitarists of our generation," while another guitar icon, Bill Frisell, noted, "I first heard Michael Gregory Jackson in 1975 when I moved to Boston. He blew my mind and influenced me a lot. I believe he's one of the unsung innovators." And legendary music critic Robert Palmer wrote of Jackson in Rolling Stone, "By the time he was twenty-one he was already the most original jazz guitarist to emerge since the Sixties." Here he has been joined by Niels Praestholm (bass), Simon Spang-Hanssen (alto & soprano saxophones) and Matias Wolf Andreason (drums), and between them they created an album based on jazz but moving in many different directions. Jackson states his influences are Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Son House, Igor Stravinsky, and John Coltrane in equal amounts, not a mix of musicians one would normally put together.

Jackson isn’t content with playing “just” guitar, and there are times when it is blues harmonica which is adding the most important dynamics to a section. For the most part he is happy for Spang-Hanssen to take the lead role, just sitting behind him and then adding touches and solos when the time is right. Praestholm is the person who keeps it all tied together, while Andreason switches between keeping the perfect beat and creating dramatic percussion rhythms which takes the music into new directions. This is fresh, exciting, sometimes built around repeated melodies (such as on “Blue Blue”), while at others it is avant garde and extreme. Far easier to listen to than many albums which attempt to stretch boundaries, it is full of light and a joyfulness which is palpable. This is also available through Bandcamp, so why not have a listen and then decide for yourself.

MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON Heart & Center

Album · 1979 · Jazz Related RnB
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Rolling Stone reviewer Robert Palmer called 'Heart & Center' “Michael Gregory Jackson’s Future Funk". “...Jackson’s second album [Heart & Center] for Arista/Novus is unlike anything that’s been heard before. The rhythms, a varied lot, tend toward funk, and his songs and vocal style clearly relate to Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder. On the other hand, the melodies...incorporate Stravinsky-ish interval jumps that would terrify most pop vocalists, and the shimmering backdrop of voices, guitars and synthesizers, all overdubbed by Jackson, bring to mind the orchestral voicings of the late Duke Ellington. ...Jackson is blending a staggering variety of influences into a...coherent whole."

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