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Keefe Jackson Quartet: Seeing You See

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Keefe Jackson, a saxophonist and clarinetist, seems to fit in well in his adopted hometown of Chicago, Ill. He’s even recorded several albums for that town’s landmark jazz label, Delmark. And Seeing You See, his first for the Portuguese label Clean Feed, has a crisp, nimble sensibility that touches on two of the Windy City’s most elegant exports.

First, there’s a hint of Clifford Jordan-esque hard-bop in Jackson’s melodies, which he plays in unison with trombonist Jeb Bishop (“Maker”). Second-and most important-is the aesthetic connection that Jackson makes with Chicago’s free-jazz tradition. Jackson is a more conservative player than, say, Roscoe Mitchell or Anthony Braxton-two of the city’s most intrepid saxophonists-but his improvisational efforts display a well-organized logic that owes a lot to the Chicago school (“How-a-low”).

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