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Ali Jackson

Jazzed Magazine • March 2010What's on Your Playlist? • March 24, 2010

Ali JacksonA prodigious talent since childhood, Ali Jackson is one of jazz’s premier drummers, as well as a leading advocate of jazz/music education.

A long list of credits includes performances and recordings with the likes of Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redmond, and many others. Currently the drummer for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Ali also is featured in the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Horns in the Hood, and the Ali Jackson Quartet.

Ali Jackson’s most recent disc was 2008’s well-received Wheelz Keep Rollin’ (Bigwenzee Music).

1. “Peanut Brittle Brigade (March)” (Off of Three Suites) Duke Ellington

“The swingiest holiday music ever!”

2. “A Quiet Place” (Off of Take 6) Take 6

“Arguably the greatest acapella group ever. One of my favorite songs.”

3. “Crisis” (Off of Mosiac) Art Blakey

“Art Blakey is one of my favorite drummers. His feel is unforgettable.”

4. “Allegro” (Off of Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta) Bela Bartok

“This is a patina of sound and texture. This is a masterpiece of orchestration.”

5. “Temperance” (Off of Taking Charge) Wynton Kelly

“Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Philly Jo Jones. One of the greatest trios ever to play jazz.”

6. “The Death Of Jazz” (Off of The Majesty of the Blues) Wynton Marsalis

“This album connected the past and present of Jazz music. The solos are soulful, modern and intricate.”

7. “No Way, No Way (You Won’t Lose)” (Off of Pages of Life: Chapters 1 2) Fred Hammond

“Soulful, soulful, soulful. There is a higher power!”

8. “Now’s The Time” (Off of The Essential Charlie Parker) Charlie Parker

“This is pure improvisational genius!”

9. “Passion Dance” (Off of The Real McCoy) McCoy Tyner

“One of my all time favorites! The performance and solos are life changing!”

10. “One Finger Snap” (Off of Empyrean Isles) Herbie Hancock

“I really love the sound of this album. The late Freddie Hubbard’s (trumpet) playing on this album is amazing. Truly an all-star ensemble!”

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