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Keefe Jackson's Likely So, A Round Goal, Mars Williams, Wacław Zimpel, Marc Stucki, Dave Rempis, Peter A. Schmid, Thomas K.J. Mejer, Delmark Records

Keefe Jackson, Mars Williams, Wacław Zimpel, Marc Stucki, Dave Rempis, Peter A. Schmid, Thomas K.J. Mejer

The music of Keefe Jackson's all-reed group Likely So is both a new direction and a continuation of his abiding mission: combining composition and improvisation with an emphasis on the interaction of the individual musicians. On A Round Goal, this leads to an exploration of sound-areas including the textural, the melodic, and the instinctual. Recorded live on February 20, 2013 at the Jazzwerkstatt Festival, Berne, Switzerland.

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

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

…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

Thanks to: 

Andreas Schaerer, Benedikt Reising, Marc Stucki, Nadja Furrer, Thierry Looser, Oli Kuster, Patrick Schnyder, Higi Bigler, Daniel Durrer, and everyone at Jazzwerkstatt Bern

Thanks also to reed players Matt Bauder, Nick Mazzarella, Nick Anaya, and Dan Bennett for working on earlier versions of some of these pieces.


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