Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson attended Berklee, played in the last version of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and was a pretty staunch hard bopper through numerous sessions and his first recordings as a leader. He began branching out with covers of an eclectic crowd that included Jobim, Muddy Waters, Stevie Wonder, and Frank Zappa, and eventually settled into a soulful jazz mode with an emphasis on groove. Jackson still incorporates interesting tangents amid sophisticated playing, however, which is the case on... More >>>