Javon Jackson

For One Who Knows

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This CD only has one fault, but it is a major one. It seems that no matter what he plays (whether it be an obscure song by Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, or Antonio Carlos Jobim, or one of his two originals), Javon Jackson sounds too close to comfort to Joe Henderson; in fact there are times when the tenor-saxophonist sounds identical. That is a real pity, for Jackson consistently shows the ability to take chances successfully, and his supporting cast (particularly pianist Jacky Terrasson and acoustic guitarist Fareed Haque), is quite strong. The music, essentially advanced hard bop with hints of the avant-garde, is stimulating and generally unpredictable. Now, if only Javon Jackson would put away his Joe Henderson records for a few years.

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