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Chicago's Lucky 7 with trombones from Jeb Bishop & Jeff Albert, Josh Berman on cornet, Keefe Jackson on tenor sax, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, &c... essential jazz color and style.

Lucky 7's
Pluto Junkyard

Lucky 7's: Pluto Junkyard (Clean Feed)
Label: Clean Feed    
Released in: Portugal    

"The fact that this Chicago-based septet includes a trombonist from the very particular scene of New Orleans says much about their intentions turned to practice. At this point we know how Jeb Bishop (trombone), Josh Berman (cornet) and Keefe Jackson (tenor saxophone) sound together, because it's not the first time we find them, or some of them, in the same frontline, but here Jeff Albert (trombone, bass trombone) has the clear function to put everything upside down. And he does it either connecting the music to a certain jazz essentiality, or enabling his partners to go to comfortable situations they have explored previously. He really is a wild card here, and he knows how to influence developments without getting in the way. There's another player with a key role here: vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, well supported by contrabassist Matthew Golombisky and drummer Quin Kirchner, makes sure that the Lucky 7's aren't just another "avant" brass band. How? Furnishing the colors we don't expect to hear in this context. And how beautiful and graceful the results are! The liner notes by Kirchner about his composed contribution, "Pluto Junkyard", mention the purpose of this piece to be "exciting, scary, fun, and unusual", but truth is those adjectives apply to the entirety of the CD. Brilliant!!"-Clean Feed

"Keefe Jackson, saxophonist/clarinetist/improvisor/composer, arrived in Chicago in 2001 from his native Fayettevile, Arkansas. He performs regularly in the U.S. and in Europe with many musicians including Pandelis Karayorgis, Tomeka Reid, Tim Daisy, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Jason Roebke, Jason Adasiewicz, Mike Reed, Jason Stein, Josh Berman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Frank Rosaly, Oscar Jan Hoogland and Marc Unternaehrer. He has also appeared with Michael Moore, Ab Baars, Michiel Braam, Satoko Fujii, and Anthony Coleman. Bill Meyer (Chicago Reader): "...the impeccable logic of his lines and the richness of his tone leave you wanting more... Jackson's high-register squiggles and coarsely voiced, rippling runs push the limits of the tenor's tonal envelope." Frank van Herk, de Volkskrant (Amsterdam): "[Jackson] has an old-fashioned, warm-woolly sound, and a feeling for melodic lines that take their time in unfolding." He has been mentioned in the DownBeat Critics Poll in the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone category. Recordings are available on Delmark and Clean Feed Records."

-Keefe Jackson Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063001419

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 141
Squidco Product Code: 11498

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded July 19 & 20, 2007 at Strobe Recordings, Chicago, IL by James Wagner assisted by Gary Schepers. Additional recording by Matthew Golombisky.


Jason Adasiewicz-vibraphone

Jeb Bishop-trombone, guitar (track 8)

Jeff Albert-trombone, bass trombone

Josh Berman-cornet

Keefe Jackson-tenor sax

Matthew Golombisky-double bass, electric bass

Quin Kirchner-drums

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Track Listing:

1. #6 8:27

2. Pluto Junkyard 5:39

3. Ash 8:23

4. Cultural Baggage 8:02

5. Future Dog 8:56

6. Jaki's Walk 7:19

7. Afterwards 9:22

8. The Dan Hang 9:31

9. Sunny's Bounce 4:28