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Have Your Heard by Javon Jackson

Prolific Javon Jackson had since his early beginnings a voracious appetite for jazz and a constantly eagerness to go further. Since his childhood he decided to pick up the saxophone, dazzled by the works of Sonny Stitt. From that moment on, Jackson encountered great musicians in his artistic path, all of them famous and talented as himself. Very early he began to perform, and his meeting with Branford Marsalis made a leaping bound in his desire to go further with his alto saxophone. The influence of Blakey definitely evolved Jackson's career to the top.

Jackson grooves with sounds that are the funkiest, which also distinguishes him from others. His talents as a leader is undeniable. The band of "Have your Head" has come out with a nice recording: it's got the swing and the groove. Javon Jackson has successfully balanced musical leadership with his traditional jazz virtues. He shares credits with vocalist and Grammy winner Lisa Fischer. Her voice is sweet and clear like the sound of Jackson’s sax. Lisa moves easily into the songs and knows how to bring up her soul in each note.

In Jackson’s last musical adventure, listeners appreciated the talented and versatile guitarist Mark Whitfield. He's mastered his guitar and has a strong knowledge about stringed instruments, as he was originally a bassist. Whitfield in Jackson’s band is the consummate sideman, in perfect combination with bass player Kenny Davis.

Dr. Lonnie Smith is a burning groover and a master of the organ, a difficult instrument to incorporate into jazz. Dr. Smith is certainly a character. He has the respect of all audiences and has been playing with Jackson for several years, making the perfect tandem on funky rhythms. No doubt, once again Jackson will heat a boom into audiences.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Javon Jackson
  • CD Title: Have Your Heard
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Palmetto Records
  • Tracks: In This Corner, Dance Floor, Have you Heard, Breakin’ up Somebody’s Home, Dr. Smith, Summertime, Move on up, Quik, That’s The Way I Feel About Cha’, Funky In Here
  • Musicians: Javon Jackson (tenor sax), Lisa Fisher (vocals), Mark Whitfield (guitar), Dr. Lonnie Smith (organ), Kenny Davis (electric bass), Terreon Gully(drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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