Franz Jackson

Live at Windsor Jazz Festival III

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Eighty-one at the time of this 1994 concert, Franz Jackson (a gruff-toned tenor influenced by the style of Coleman Hawkinw) was still playing in his prime. The octogenarian is matched with trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and a fine Detroit-based rhythm section that includes veteran drummer Frank Isola for nine standards and a closing blues. Belgrave, a very versatile player capable of playing much more advanced styles of jazz, fits in perfectly in the swing-oriented format, trading off with the older tenor and taking spirited solos. The music is highlighted by "Chicago," "Perdido," a double-time version of "Body and Soul," and "After You've Gone," showing that even in the mid-'90s small-group swing lives.

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