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Reviewed by Bob Powers
Javon Jackson – Easy Does It

My love for funk goes back to the very beginnings of this informal but infectious genre of modern music. Now if you add just a generous helping of jazz and the soul-stirring tenor saxophone of Javon Jackson, the result is an album that should spend a lot of time on your turntable over the next few months. Easy Does It (Palmetto Records) should make Jackson the next big thing. The album will demand hours of playing time, yet this funky group of musicians won’t wear out their welcome by next Saturday night. Jackson, who had five releases on Blue Note Records, seems on the verge of becoming a national music idol. His work on tenor avoids the honk school and the tone he achieves can be quite fetching. The session includes the wonderful Dr. Lonnie Smith making the funkiest sound on earth on the magnificent Hammond B3 organ. Lenny White, who paid dues as a fusion performer, hunches over the drum kit.

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