Press for A Round Goal

A Round Goal 

Jackson's fourth release as a leader is a mature, one of a kind work that erases boundaries between the prewritten and the adlib and successfully blends together various genres. The provocative and invigorating music has all the makings of a classic.
Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

Jackson has been a vital and distinctive player on the Chicago scene for quite a while. With A Round Goal, he has come into his own as an arranger, composer, and leader.
Bill Meyer, Downbeat (four stars)

[on Overture] Jackson shows a deep understanding of the reeds, assigning different lines from each player to construct something fantastically detailed and sonically lush…[it displays] the rigor and quality that characterize the whole remarkable thing.
Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

…ensemble that brings together unfettered, squirrelly swing with a penchant for puckered, droning dissonance, round-robin refraction and delicate minimalism. It’s a testament to the leader’s writing that he can reign in the group’s size to feel like a trio or quartet…
Clifford Allen, New York City Jazz Record has the potential to become an architectural masterpiece.  With this band executing the blueprint plans, that's exactly what it becomes.
…the synchronicity these guys achieve in executing them is nothing short of terrifying.
Tom Burris, Free Jazz Blog (five stars)

A CD that stands as a vital document for understanding the evolution of contemporary jazz.
Giuseppe Mavilla, Scrivere di jazz

Best of 2013 Lists

Dusted Magazine, Year-End 2013, Derek Taylor

Free jazz blog Happy New Ears 2013

Free jazz blog 2013's top ten lists, Tom Burris

Chicago Reader, The Year In Chicago Jazz and Improvised Music, Peter Margasak




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