Ronald Shannon Jackson And The Decoding Society

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Ronald Shannon Jackson And The Decoding Society - Decode Yourself Decode Yourself
Jazz New - LP 90247 Island
Sealed 1985 Original. Small Saw Cut. “The Range Of Styles Found On Drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decode Yourself Is Amazing, But What Really Impresses Is The Way Jackson Unifies The Disparate Strains With His Unique Arrangements And Varied Rhythmic Support. The Combination Of Focus And Expansiveness In This Texan's Approach Is Not Surprising, Considering His Tenures With Both Hard Boppers, Like James Clay, And Explorative Jazz Figures, Such As Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, And James Blood Ulmer. From Coleman's Trailblazing Prime Time Group In Particular, He Developed A Taste For Electric Ensembles, Abstract R&B, And Musical Variety. From That Multifaceted Perspective, Jackson Not Only Pays Homage To Jazz With The Inclusion Of A Manic Cover Of Dizzy Gillespie's "Bebop" And The Futuristic Big-Band Swing Number "Decoding," But He Also Works In Some Funk ("Undressing"), Blues ("Love Words For A Queen"), Western Swing ("Software Shuffle"), Afro-Caribbean Rhythms ("Thieves Market"), And Thrash ("Tricky Vic"). Jackson Reconfigures And Updates These Genre Elements With Synthesizers And Electric Drums, A Load Of Harmolodic Improvisation, And A Pleasingly Incongruous Mixture Of Jittery, Yet Firm Rhythms And Murky, Elongated Horn Charts. The Cavalcade Of Music Is Expertly Handled By Jackson's Band, The Decoding Society, Which Includes Heavyweights Like Saxophonist Eric Person, Trombonist Robin Eubanks, Guitarist Vernon Reid, And Bassist Melvin Gibbs. Decode Yourself Is An Excellent Title For Newcomers And Fans Alike.” Stephen Cook, AMG.... more details
 
Ronald Shannon Jackson And The Decoding Society - Eye On You Eye On You
Jazz Used - LP AT 1003 About Time
1980 Original. Appears Unplayed. 5 Stars In All Music Guide. “Drummer Roland Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society On This About Time LP Is Comprised Of Quite An All-Star Lineup: Violinist Billy Bang, Altoist Byard Lancaster, Tenor-Saxophonist Charles Brackeen, Vernon Reid And Bern Nix On Guitars, Bassist Melvin Gibbs, And Percussionist Erasto Vasconcelos. The Decoding Society Plays What Could Be Called Free Funk, A Combination Of Loud Funky Rhythms With Free Jazz And The Harmolodics Pioneered By Ornette Coleman's Prime Time. Everyone Solos Together Constantly, Leading To Dense And Exciting Ensembles That Are Overflowing With Passion. Although This Style Of Jazz (A Forerunner Of Steve Coleman's Groups) Never Really Caught On, The Music Is Quite Stimulating And A Logical Extension Of '70s Fusion.” Scott Yanow, AMG.... more details
 

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