Frank Jackson

New York After Dark

Kasis Records KR 003

Frank Jackson, vocals; James Williams, piano, organ; Ron Carter, bass; Billy Pierce, soprano and tenor saxophones; Kenny Washington, drums.

Frank Jackson leads us through the well-known and some lesser known classics of the songbook. In his seventy eighth year, he gives himself plenty of space, singing in a relaxed and tasteful style; his confessed love of Nat King Cole is in clear evidence. He is supported by a quartet of fine musicians, the lion's share taken by the estimable piano playing of James Williams, whose color and overall framework allows Frank to express himself fully. Billy Pierce has some tasteful entries on saxophone and Ron Carter on bass and Kenny Washington on drums keep a good balance. "You Go To My Head", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Summertime", "You Are Too Beautiful", thirteen tracks all with much the same flavor. Ideal for the special mood.

by Ferdinand Maylin

New Sounds - February 2005

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