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The best kept secret in music


Drummer and vocalist Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson steps out from the shadow of his former employer, Jimmy Smith, to pay tribute to two other legends, Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson, on this recording. In particular, On My Way Home salutes the eponymous duet album Adderley and Wilson cut together in 1961.

As is fitting for an homage to Adderley, this music has a warm and gracious feel that emulates the spirit of its inspiration. Jackson is a sterling drummer, as his work on “Unit 7” attests. He skilfully blends rolling fills with pointed and eloquent interjections. As a vocalist, Jackson is warm and conversational. He gives a fine reading of the moody “The Old Country,” and his distinctive, nasal vocals accentuate the shaggy dog tale “On My Way Home.” His approach to singing is very much to blend in with the other instruments until he becomes an integral part of the band and not simply a featured attraction.

His bandmates distinguish themselves throughout. In particular, bassist George Sessems provides a sure pulse, along with surprising and pithy statements. Sessems provides a fine solo on the strutting “Never Say Yes.”

The closing track is a smooth take of “Save Your Love For Me,” recorded live at the Tokyo Blue Note, featuring the late Jimmy Smith. At its heart it is an affectionate duet between Jackson’s voice and Smith’s always soulful organ. On My Way Home is a winning debut and a worthy tribute to Wilson, Adderley and Smith.

By Stephen Latessa
c/o AllAboutJazz.com - AllAboutJazz.com

Jimmy "Junebug" Jackson's debut CD, "On My Way Home" (Dedicated to Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson).

featuring guest appearances by:
Jimmy Smith (B3, introductions), Mark Whitfield (guitar), Herman Riley

May 30th, 2006
www.BlueCanoeRecords.com/JimmyJackson - Blue Canoe Records


"On My Way Home" (2006 Blue Canoe Records)

Jimmy Smith
George Benson
Herbie Hancock
Christian McBride
Carlos Santana
Nicholas Payton
McCoy Tyner
Elaine Elias to name a few.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Drummer and vocalist Jimmy Junebug Jackson spent the last twenty one years performing with the late great Jimmy Smith. Now Mr. Jackson steps to the front as leader with his debut recording, a tribute to Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson.