Allen Jackson

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Bassist Allen Jackson was both a hard bopper and a smooth vocal music accompanist, these aspects of his playing well documented on sides by saxophonist Sonny Stitt and singers such as Patti Austin and…
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Bassist Allen Jackson was both a hard bopper and a smooth vocal music accompanist, these aspects of his playing well documented on sides by saxophonist Sonny Stitt and singers such as Patti Austin and Nancy Wilson respectively. Normally credited as a bassist, this instrumentalist was also listed as a guitarist in his obituaries, most likely from switching between the acoustic contrabass and the electric bass guitar in the course of nibbling on studio sessions.

Jackson's discography is notable for challenging collaborations with idiosyncratic pianists including Phineas Newborn and Page Cavanaugh. The latter artist, also a singer, made superb use of Jackson to fill out a small group marking Cavanaugh's reunion with '40s guitarist Al Viola, resulting in enough material to fill several volumes. These sessions were among Jackson's last in around a dozen jazz recordings done between 1975 and 1989.