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Bobby Jackson

The Cafe Extra-Ordinaire Story

(Jazzman; US: 20 Jul 2010; UK: Import)

The Café Extra-Ordinaire might not be as well-known as the Village Vanguard or Birdland, but in the world of Minneapolis jazz, Bobby Jackson’s storied venue was just as iconic. It was a musical destination, a spot that saw such indelible names as Freddie Hubbard, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Elvin Jones stop in whilst jet-setting between coasts. The Café Extra-Ordinaire Story is the seventh release of the Jazzman label’s Holy Grail series. It’s from a 1977 private press LP featuring Jackson’s crack house band, which played between headlining acts, running through a septet of inspired performances that transcend the myopia of criminal, financial and interpersonal issues miring the shaky state of the club at the time. This is a deep, beautiful, challenging jazz album that any fan of the Impulse! or Black Lion labels of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s could easily appreciate.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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