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D.D. Jackson: Suite for New York

Everything about this project is cinematic. As with most of D.D. Jackson’s earlier CDs, he thinks visually. Steeped in classical music, the 36-year-old, Canadian-born pianist-composer-arranger-producer has once again created a massive tone poem. Suite for New York is sweepingly programmatic, precisely written and yet, where called for, so extemporaneous, it sounds a bit like “Richard Strauss Meets Sun Ra.”

For his latest magnum opus, Jackson chose an ambitious tableau of New York, calling it “a collective group meditation on the events on 9/11,” paying tribute “to New Yorkers’ heroism and spirit of resilience.” For the undertaking, he employs a frontline of trumpeter Brad Turner, trombonist Tom Walsh, alto saxophonist and flutist James Spaulding and baritone saxophonist David Mott as well as violin and cello often overdubbed, a hyperkinetic rhythm section and even a poet, David Gonzalez, who reads his “Eight Million Dreamers.” Spaulding and Turner are outstanding.

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