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Spirit Signal Strata

by Michael Gregory Jackson

Michael Gregory Jackson Spirit Signal Strata Unfettered guitarist & composer; exhilarating, mindful, elegant music. Kenwood Dennard drums Keith Witty bass Painting Nancy Ostrovsky
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. After Before (For K)
5:21 album only
2. S.K.
5:40 album only
3. Meditation in E
4:44 album only
4. Cortex Vortex (For Muhal Richard Abrams)
12:24 album only
5. Jcak Jcak (For Ornette)
7:27 album only
6. Clarity 4
9:31 album only
7. Spin
5:59 album only
8. Souvenirs
4:49 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Michael Gregory Jackson - Producer, Composer, Guitar, Midi Guitar and Sound Design. Unfettered guitarist & composer, mindful, elegant music. Kenwood Dennard - Drums Keith Witty - Bass

Michael Gregory Jackson's Spirit Signal Strata evolves around Michael's compositions; songs, melodies, motifs serve as catalytic springboards for guitar, midi guitar, sound design, double bass and drums.

“Michael Gregory Jackson's music is spiritual and holds the light - even in the darkness...This is how the music is: it contains a will to dive into the deepest layers of human life, but is at the same time also a tribute to life itself. A sound painting that covers the diversity of life itself.” - Jakob Baekgaard, Jazz Special (DK)


is a composer, innovator, guitarist, improviser, singer, sound explorer, educator and poet. Upon his arrival in NYC, and since his 20's, he is widely considered one of the most innovative guitarists to emerge from New York’s avant-garde loft scene of the 70s. Michael is a pioneer of a new movement in which genres and sounds were suddenly mixed in new and inventive ways. Michael embodies the nature of a true and natural artist, perpetually cultivating new ideas and directions.

Jackson’s brilliant technique on electric and acoustic, flavored with quicksilver runs, volume pedal swells and sudden shifts from crystalline melodic to fuzzy dissonance, has been name-checked as a critical influence on such 6-string greats as Bill Frisell, Vernon Reid, Brandon Ross, Elliot Sharpe and others.

Michael has worked, produced and/or recorded with luminaries across the musical spectrum including Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, Wadada Leo Smith, Nile Rodgers, Nona Hendryx, Steve Winwood, David Murray, Walter Becker, Carlos Santana, Vernon Reid, and Patti LaBelle, to name a few.

His recent credits as a producer include Pulitzer Prize nominee Wadada Leo Smith, for whom he produced two critically acclaimed discs. Also his critically acclaimed 2015 recording Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet "After Before". Michael taught at California Institute for the Arts, New England Conservatory of Music, Copenhagen Conservatory of Music, DK, 
Hampshire College, and is a guiding artist at The Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, N.Y.


Kenwood is a master drummer and musician. He has been a professor at Berklee College of Music for over 15 years and is one of the founding instructors at the Drummer's Collective. His ability to inspire and share drum wisdom and technique is amazing. His performance credentials are phenomenal, having played with Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Harry Bellafonte, Joe Zawinul, Sting, Jaco Pastorious, Pat Martino, Maceo Parker, Stanley Jordan, Larry Coryell, Esperanza Spaulding,
Tal Wilkenfeld and many others.


bassist, is a native of New York City, he has straddled the worlds of Hip-Hop, popular music forms, and Jazz's Avant- Garde in his young career. In 2000, before graduating from Wesleyan University, he made his recording debut with the Anthony Braxton Quartet. Work soon followed in the bands of drummer/producer Guillermo E. Brown, which spawned the opportunity to fill in for William Parker in the David S. Ware Quartet. Keith's first engagement with Ware was the induction ceremony of Sonny Rollins and Max Roach into Jazz at Lincoln Center's Hall of Fame, with both legends in attendance. In 2007, Keith joined the touring band of Grammy-nominated singer and song-writer Amel Larrieux, with whom he has toured extensively and contributed to her “Lovely Standards” (2008) and “Ice Cream Everyday” (2013) records. In 2010, Keith joined the band of acclaimed East African vocalist Somi, with whom he has played concerts throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Kenwood Dennard Keith Witty

1. After Before (for K) 5:22

2. SK 5:40

3. Meditation in E 4:44

4. Cortex Vortex (for Muhal Richard Abrams) 12:23

5. JcakJcak (for Ornette) 7:26

6. Clarity 4 9:30

7. Spin 5:58

8. Souvenirs 4:49

Composed, Arranged and Produced by Michael Gregory Jackson

Michael Gregory Jackson: electric guitar, midi guitar and sound design
Kenwood Dennard: drums
Keith Witty: bass

© (P) Michael Gregory Jackson 2016-2017 - All Rights Reserved
Published by Magicolored Music ASCAP

Mix: Dave Cook and Michael Gregory Jackson at Area 52 Studio,
Saugerties, NY.
Mastering: Robert Hadley at Hadley Mastering, Los Angeles, CA.
Recording: Chris Reba, Live at Firehouse 12 Studio, New Haven CT.

Cover Concept: Karen Thompson McDaniels
Cover Painting “MGJ”: Nancy Ostrovsky
Painted Live by Nancy during a duo performance with MGJ
Digital Imaging of cover painting: Andrew Edgar Photography
Digital Post Production of cover painting: Gillian Doyle
Graphics & CD Layout: James (Jim?) Petty

Michael Gregory Jackson: Jon King
Kenwood Dennard: John Ward
Keith Witty: Unknown

Michael endorses Godin Guitars, Fishman Triple Play, Pigtronix and V-Picks.
Kenwood endorses Pearl drums, Zildjian, Cymbals, Vic Firth, LP,
Remo, Zendrum and Pigtronix.

Thank you Kenwood and Keith, you are both phenomenal people,
the radiance of your hearts and souls make the music sing.

Thank you Nancy for your scope and brilliance, balance and agility,
with textures and gestures, pigments and tones, you paint mystical pictures.

Thank you Dave, you are a venerable master of sound and always super fun to work with.

Thank you Jim for your very fine work and ultra-positive attitude.

Extra Special thanks to you Karen, you are my partner in life, my inspiration,
my oasis, my joy, my love and so very much more, I am endlessly grateful for you.
- Michael

Music is the conduit, the sphere and the bond that unites us,
diving deep into the fertile heart of our existence, we explore,
fluid and unbound, aloft in the vital universe of love and peace,
and onward we go together, revealing the light, we celebrate,
consciously expanding, forceful, determined and unfettered.
© Michael Gregory Jackson 2017




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