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Chops: Ron Jackson Is in Seven-String Heaven

Why the guitarist likes working with a little extra pluck

Ron Jackson (photo: Chris Drukker)

When Ron Jackson showed up for his regular lesson at the home studio of Bucky Pizzarelli one day about five years ago, he received some unexpected input from the venerated jazz guitarist: “Bucky told me, ‘You know, there’s not really anything more I can teach you.’ That was a good boost for my ego, but of course I’m always learning more about the seven-string guitar.”

At 55, Jackson is a master of the seven-string, which puts him in the ranks of a select few, including Pizzarelli and his son John, George Van Eps, Howard Alden, and Steve Herberman. The instrument’s extended range and harmonic possibilities are on brilliant display on Jackson’s latest album, Standards and Other Songs (Roni Music), a trio outing with bassist Nathan Brown and drummer Darrell Green, featuring tunes from the Great American Songbook alongside more recent pop numbers.

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Adam Perlmutter

Adam Perlmutter is the editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, as well as a freelance music transcriber and engraver. He has a master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory of Music.