SOUL-JAZZ GUITARIST PAUL JACKSON JR. TO SHARE HIS INTIMATE "STILL SMALL VOICE" ON MAY 20th
Blue Note artist's sixth album will be prefaced by "It's A Shame"
On May 20th, Blue Note will release the sixth solo album from soul-jazz guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. entitled Still Small Voice. Prelude to the album release will be the first radio single, a bright and snappy version of The Spinners' classic, "It's A Shame," featuring the Earth, Wind & Fire horn section (Gary Bias, Ray Brown and Reggie Young), which will go for adds at smooth jazz radio on April 21. Jackson Jr. had a hand in the writing and production of eleven songs for the album. To help bring the compositions to life, he was joined in the studio by a stellar supporting cast including Gerald Albright, Brian Culbertson, Sheila E., Jeff Lorber, Harvey Mason, Billy Preston, and Patrice Rushen. The album, which stylistically contains elements of R&B, jazz, soul, pop, and gospel, sounds like the well-deserved breakthrough collection that the highly in-demand sideman has had waiting to emerge for years.
Ever since the late 70's, Jackson Jr. has been recording and/or touring with the icons of popular music including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Celine Dion, Destiny's Child, Quincy Jones, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, and Brian McKnight (Jackson Jr. closes the new album with a soulful version of McKnight's hit "Back At One"). Spiritual and inspired, Jackson Jr. relishes recording his own albums because it allows him the opportunity to explore his own musical expression as a writer and producer, not just as an ace guitarslinger. Still Small Voice is a different type of album for the Grammy nominee.
"This record speaks to me differently," said Jackson Jr. "Musically it's got more of a raw, organic feel and I took more chances on this one. For instance, I never recorded a song where I played acoustic guitar like I did on ?Dios Te Bendiga.' Many people I respect have said that perhaps it is my best album yet. I dug deeper creatively and explored new directions. Hopefully the album speaks to people like it speaks to me."
The songs on Paul Jackson Jr.'s Still Small Voice album are:
"Still Small Voice"
"Dios Te Bendiga"
"It's A Shame"
"Park Tour Intro"
"Back At One"