Reuben Jackson

Reuben’s Contributions


June 2001    Albums

The Way of the Saxophone
Brooklyn Sax Quartet

The borough of Brooklyn may have lost (and may still be lamenting) its beloved Dodgers, but its residents could do worse than seeking this fo'tet-David Bindman, Sam Furnace, Fred Ho and Chris Jonas-to rally behind. Like the many other sax-minus-rhythm-section...


June 2001    Albums

Paquito D'Rivera

Far from the usual well-intended but cliched' "Latin-tinged" vehicles for the Cuban-born D' Rivera's piquant alto sax and clarinet, Habanera is a wonderfully rich, moving and original tonal portrait of the leader's homeland. The album also features the chamber...


June 2001    Albums

Martial Solal Dodecaband Plays Ellingtion
Martial Solal Dodecaband

Because pianist-bandleader Martial Solal chose to release his extended ensemble tribute to Ellington after 1999's centennial hoopla, the six witty arrangements of Ellington and Ellington/Strayhorn classics heard on Dodecaband Plays Ellington can be enjoyed...


December 2000    Albums

Dance Beyond the Color
Myra Melford and Crush

Whether serving as an integral part of large ensembles conducted by Butch Morris, as a member of the Trio Equal Interest (along with violinist Leroy Jenkins and reedman Joseph Jarman) or leading her own aggregations, pianist-composer Myra Melford's output...


December 2000    Albums

Meditations on Unity
Saturnalia String Trio/Daniel Carter

Projects that attempt to fuse the European and American classical aesthetic (remember third stream?) are best served not when one element dominates the other, but when the aural integration is balanced. It also helps when the player or players essay their...


December 2000    Albums

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Arranger-composer Maria Schneider's abilities have never been in doubt to me. Her debut, Evanescence (dedicated to her mentor, Gil Evans), clearly illustrated her knowledge, but until the release of Allegresse, I couldn't help but view her as an artist still...


December 2000    Albums

E Music
Pete Escovedo

This most highly recommended outing from veteran percussionist, composer, vocalist and father of the equally talented Sheila E combines crack, infectious big-band Latin grooves ("Mis Amigos") and lush, romantic moments ("Setembro") to great effect. The leader...


November 2000    Albums

The Mass
Collective Identity

If, like me, you find the sound of well-assembled saxophone ensembles not unlike listening to, say, recordings of classic doo-wop groups like the Moonglows, you'll find much to like in Collective Identity, which formed in 1997. For in addition to the sometimes...

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