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I Can't Get Started

by Julian Jackson

Jazz Harmonica with piano trio of piano, bass and drums. Beautiful ballards, fine tunes, luscious latin and great interpretations of standards plus an original.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Alfie
3:19 album only
2. Etude No 1
6:53 album only
3. I Can't Get Started
9:42 album only
4. When I Fall in Love
2:01 album only
5. Airegin
5:08 album only
6. I Hear a Rhapsody
7:46 album only
7. Three Views of a Secret
6:01 album only
8. Autumn Leaves
6:44 album only
9. You Must Believe in Spring
8:12 album only
10. Laurie
3:30 album only
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Album Notes
"...recently bought ...'Can't Get Started"...we are so thrilled with the music that we have just ordered two more copies, to be given to friends. Have been listening to harmonica music for better than 60 years, you are the greatest." George KAPLAN

Julian Jackson
Featured soloist of Oscar winning soundtrack "The Full Monty"

Julian Jackson was brought up in a musical family in Liverpool & as a student was Hohner British Harmonica Champion for three years running.
Julian moved to London to become the only Harmonica player to ever study at both The Guildhall School Of Music & The Royal Academy of Music. His unique style & ability at both jazz & classical Harmonica has won him the recognition of many musicians & composers including jazz pianist Julian Josephs, and Jazz legend "Toots" Thielemans.
Julian played in the touring quintet of Julian Joseph who commented "his playing has great soul and great melodic content and logic".
Julian's influences include Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane Larry Adler & "Toots" Thielemans. Julian has been fortunate to study with "Toots", who gave Julian one of his personalised Harmonicas. The only other person to have received one of these is Quincy Jones.

Julian has been active in the session scene for,film, television, radio & other artists CDs...
* Anthony Hopkins produced film "August"
* Featured soloist on the Oscar winning soundtrack for the 'The Full Monty'
* Colin Firth film 'Hope Springs'
* TV ads for the beer Stella Artois, for which he plays an excerpt of Verdi's 'Force of Destiny'
* Tracks for SONY's Meja Beckmans album out in 2004
* Tracks for Claire Martin's 2004 release
* Upcoming film release 'Win Dixie' soundtrack will also feature Julian

Live appearances include featured soloist at the World Harmonica Federation in Germany in November 2005.

The Piano Trio that plays in The Julian Jackson Quartet is the Tim Lapthorn Piano Trio:- Tim Lapthorn, piano; Tom Herbert, bass and Patrick Levett, drums.



to write a review

Geoff Eales, Larry Adler's Musical Director for many years

Julian Jackson has a tone to rival...Larry Aldler and Toots Thielemans
You only have to listen to the first few seconds of this album to realize that Julian Jackson is a true master of
the harmonica and that he has a tone to rival that of his heroes, Larry Aldler and Toots Thielemans, the
superabundance of his ideas and his natural jazz feeling recalling the great Toots in particular.

Jackson has put together a nicely balanced programme for his debut solo jazz album. His harmonica sings
beautifuly on the ballads "Alfie", "I Can't Get Started" and "When I Fall in Love", the latter an impressive
a cappella version of Victor Young's classic tune, and effervesces on the swingers "I Hear a Rhapsody" and
"Autumn Leaves". Sonny Rollins' "Airegin" is an exhilarating work-out for the quartet and features a telling
solo from the talented Tim Lapthorn on piano. Jackson takes us on a wonderful musical journey on Jaco
Pastorius' searching jazz waltz "Three Views of a Secret" with Lapthorn at his bluesy best, Patrick Levett
displaying some impressive jazz-rock chops on drums. Jackson's lilting theme "Etude No 1" recalls the work
of bossa nova genius Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michel LeGrand's haunting "You Must Believe in Spring" similarly
infused with hypnotically swaying latin rhythms after its poignant rubato beginning.

The album ends with Bill Evans' exquisite melody "Laurie", the last few bars evanescing into the ether with
a series of harmonically ambiguous suspended chords, leaving the listener in a state of supreme calm.

Finally, taking time off from his bass guitar duties with award-winning groups Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear,
Tom Herbert is rock-solid on acoustic bass, providing the necessary foundation for Jackson and co. to take
flight. GEOFF EALES - Feb 2005.

Eddie Armer

Eddie Armer inteviews Julian Jackson about his great new album, after hearning a
A Milestone for Jazz:- As my love of jazz broadens, I have come to understand the value of Julian Jackson to our small harmonica community. He is unique. A world class jazz musician who happens to also play the harmonica. Julian’s breadth of musical knowledge and understanding of the harmonica is mind boggling. He puts the instrument through its paces, pushing the harmonica to its limits. Accompanying musicians are kept on their toes by the many musical directions Julian may vere off to within any one piece of music…indeed, in any one solo. Only players at the top of their game are able to stay abreast of Julian once he is in full flow.

One cold February night earlier this year I saw Julian play to a packed house of jazz fans at my local pub ! The Three Horse Shoes in Knockholt, Kent. At his side were some of the cream of British jazz: On clarinet Julian Marc Stringle, of whom John Dankworth once said "finest jazz clarinettist to emerge in Britain in several generations" trading licks, the two Julian's beamed as they swapped phrases and delighted in the 'Jazz Gymnastics' that they were performing. With each solo they upped the temperature by the crotchet, until exploding in applause from an appreciative audience. The rest of this stella line up, whom Julian had only met for the first time that evening, were Bobby Worth - drums (Buddy Greco, Acker Bilk), Len Skeat - double bass (Stephane Grappelli, Peggy Lee), Ronnie Hughes - (Ted Heath, Sinatra), Alan Humm - piano (Morrisey). They played a varied set, including ‘Some Day My Prince Will Come’ and ‘Autumn Leaves’ and in addition Julian had a full length feature of ‘Body & Soul’. And for lovers of the blues, the band finished with a Jazz Blues Jam. 'It was a blues Jim, but not as we know it'. Wonderful stuff.

We should all be pleased that Jazz promoter and Julian's manager, John Levett, has produced Julian Jackson's debut CD ‘I Can’t Get Started’ on the ‘33’ label. I asked Julian why after so many years of guesting on other artists albums, the time had been right to make his first CD in his own right; and Julian put it down to his ongoing working relationship with the talented Tim Lapthorn Piano Trio, whom he has worked with for the past few years. Julian was also very pleased with the studio recording for the album produced by John Levett, which was recorded live in a single session. It was also the first time that Julian has been truly happy with a finished result, in terms of putting out an album. I recommend that you get hold of Julian’s CD and judge for yourself. Available from www.jazzcds.co.uk or any good record shop Cat Ref : 33JAZZ129. Eddie Armer - March 2006


recently bought ...can't get started...we are so thrilled with the music that we have just ordered two more copies, to be given to friends, Have been listening to harmonica music for better than 60 years, you are the greatest.

Peter Carras

I Can\'t Get Started
The CDs I ordered were all harmonica oriented. I taught myself on a

Marine Band and joined Mr. Jacob and his children on the stoop of a

tenement. Bless his heart.He taught his children well, and I went along for

the ride and the best time a kid could have for $ 1.05.(the going price for a

MB in those days).
That was in the Bronx, N..Y.

I have gone through a lot of harmonicas but still Have that Marine Band

and I still play it in rotation with my other Harpes. I\'.ve got a Hohner CX

12, 64 Chromatic harmonica, and a lot of 10. 12 holes All chromatics

.and a Hohner birth Certificate. I have been looking for a CD with a first

class Harmonica player . Amazon came up with a fine jazz ensemble

,harmonica with Julian Jackson on the harmonica. Bunny Berigan was
a fraternity brother of mine and \" I can\'t get started \" is one of my very
favorites.Just try and find that CD somewhere else. Julian Jackson
Quartet Tim Lampthorn : piano, Tom Herbert: bass, Patrick Levett:
drum s I was promised delivery on the 29 th and I was playing them that
evening.Beautifully packaged and arrived in great shape.

Barry Watson

I can't get started
I know Julian as I am a fellow Jazz Chromatic Harmonica player, although i tenn to favour the great American song book with a Jazz flavour, rather than pure Jazz numbers.
This album by Julian is terriffic.
He is a highly gifted player.
Barry Watson.
Westerham, Kent.

Chris Parker

...a highly impressive performance on this lively, intelligently programmed albu
With three successive Hohner Harmonica Championships, periods of study at both the Guildhall and Royal Academy, and encouragement from Toots Thielemans and Julian Joseph behind him, Liverpudlian Julian Jackson can reasonably claim to be in the first rank of jazz harmonica players, and this album contains ten great showcases for his extraordinary gift.

Like other performers on 'unusual' jazz instruments (a good parallel might be Richard Galliano on accordion), he impresses initially courtesy solely of his amazing technique, but such surprise quickly gives way to admiration for his fecund musical imagination, an improvisational bent that results in punchy versions of standards such as the album's lengthy title track and 'Autumn Leaves', and an ability to extract genuine emotion (often courtesy of an affecting 'dying fall' at the ends of phrases) from ballads ('Alfie' and Bill Evans's 'Laurie').

With sterling support from a sparky band (pianist Tim Lapthorn, bassist Tom Herbert and drummer Patrick Levett), Jackson turns in a highly impressive performance on this lively, intelligently programmed album.