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"LIBERTY" MGJ​/​Art Ensemble Syd

by Michael Gregory Jackson

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Gimbals 04:41
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Citi 04:02
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Down 05:30
“Down” Michael Gregory Jackson/Art Ensemble Syd. Words & Music ©Michael Gregory Jackson Arranged by Michael Gregory Jackson & Louis Rozier I’ve come to a place, where my hope is wearing thin, where within my strength is crumbling, where I’m falling down again, I’m here in this place, all choices seem the same, where my heart knows only pain, where I’m crying, in the rain, washes over me, in a violent, tangled, swirling sea, I’m lost, Shadow in the mist, no will to resist, down and down and down I fall, down, down where we barely survive, all the world passes on by, when someone looks into my eyes, I turn away, I’ve come to a place, where my walls are closing in, where my faith’s unraveling, where I’m falling down again, I’m here in this place, all choices seem the same, where my soul’s forever stained, where I’m crying, in the rain, washes over me, in a violent, tangled, swirling, sea I’m lost, mountain in the sky, nothing left to try, down and down and down I fall, down. down where we barely survive, all the world passes on by, when someone looks into my eyes, I turn away, down and down I’m falling, falling, down, my strength is crumbling, I’m falling down again, the rain keeps falling, my faith’s unraveling, I’m falling down again, crying in the rain, can you hear me calling, I’m falling down again, come on and lift me up, I’m falling down again, down, down, down credits
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Clarity 4 08:37
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8/33 06:20
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“Liberty, (2013 Embla Music) features Jackson and the Art Ensemble Syd, a creative ensemble from Denmark. The disc includes seven Jackson originals including the free-spirited, two part title track, the touching vocal ballad “Down” and the wild, improvised “Citi”, compelling jazz author Bob Gluck to write “The music is deeply touching and even heartbreaking. It defies category (yay!)…I cannot stop listening to this recording. It is that good…one part New Orleans early jazz, another part Ornette Coleman ‘harmolodic’ syncronicity, and a third part jam band party.” - Bob Gluck
Simon Spang-Hanssen - Cover Art - MGJ Photo: Gillian Doyle

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released January 15, 2021

“LIBERTY” Michael Gregory Jackson/ Art Ensemble Syd
Produced by Michael Gregory Jackson
All compositions Michael Gregory Jackson ©2013 P Magicolored Music ASCAP Except "Gimbals" by Niels Praestholm P KODA and "CITI" by Michael Gregory Jackson and Art Ensemble Syd

Michael Gregory Jackson - electric & acoustic guitars, vocals & composer, Niels Praestholm, -acoustic bass, Simon Spang-Hanssen - alto & soprano saxophones, flute &Cover Art, Matias Wolf Andreasen - drums & percussion, Heine Steensen - violin, Thorstein Quebec Hemmet - flutes

"Down" & "Undercurrents..." Arranged by Michael Gregory Jackson & Louie Rozier.

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Michael Gregory Jackson Los Angeles, California

“And always there is the magical guitar wizardry of Mr Jackson propelling the music to the rarefied realm with inspired phrasing and wondrously imaginative ornamentation in every solo flight. – Raul da Gama – Jazz da Gama

MGJ unfettered guitarist, composer, improviser, sound explorer and poet is considered one of the most innovative guitarists to emerge since the 60's
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