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Javon Jackson: Have You Heard

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The soul-jazz record has a long history, and on his second Palmetto disc, tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson provides a randomly ordered survey of the style. As was true of his 2003 effort, Easy Does It, Jackson is joined by organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and guitarist Mark Whitfield, both of whom give the proceedings a funky flair. However, hard as all three work, there is little that can save some of the corn on this disc. The canned vocals and Pro Tools 101 beat on “Dance Floor” offset three fine solos. On other tracks, maudlin songs and arrangements are just barely salvaged by the trio’s energy and innovation.

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