I Is What I Is

by Franz Jackson

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  • Recorded in 1998, this album is a great combination of some old and newer traditional jazz tunes - and some that weren't originally intended to be jazz tunes at all: Girl of My Dreams was written as a waltz but Franz has turned it into a smooth, sweet jazz ballad. Some standout cuts include Struttin' With Some Barbecue, Girl of My Dreams, Sweet Georgia Brown and Wave.

    Franz chose the title for this CD because he felt that this album was a representation of his music without any affectations - simply, I Is What I Is.

    Tracks:
    1. Struttin' With Some BBQ
    2. Black Butterfly
    3. Bugle Call with Ol' Miss
    4. A Closer Walk with Thee
    5. Girl of My Dreams
    6. Jitterbug Waltz
    7. How Come You Do Me Like You Do
    8. Limehouse Blues
    9. Sweet and Lovely
    10. Wave
    11. Truck's Blues
    12. Sweet Georgia Brown
    13. How Long Blues
    14. If I Could Be With You
    15. Hugg and Puff


    Personnel:
    Franz Jackson (tenor sax, clarinet, vocals)
    George Bean (trumpet, bass trumpet)
    Joe Johnson (piano)
    Truck Parham (bass)
    Jim Herdon (drums)


    Recorded by Scott Pollard on January 3 and 4, 1997 at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, IL
    Released by Pinnacle Recordings
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Recorded in 1998, this album is a great combination of some old and newer traditional jazz tunes - and some that weren't originally intended to be jazz tunes at all: Girl of My Dreams was written as a waltz but Franz has turned it into a smooth, sweet jazz ballad. Some standout cuts include Struttin' With Some Barbecue, Girl of My Dreams, Sweet Georgia Brown and Wave.

Franz chose the title for this CD because he felt that this album was a representation of his music without any affectations - simply, I Is What I Is.


Personnel:
Franz Jackson (tenor sax, clarinet, vocals)
George Bean (trumpet, bass trumpet)
Joe Johnson (piano)
Truck Parham (bass)
Jim Herdon (drums)

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released January 1, 1998

Recorded by Scott Pollard on January 3 and 4, 1997 at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, IL

Released by Pinnacle Recordings

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Franz Jackson Chicago, Illinois

Born in 1912, the late Franz Jackson was a world renown traditional jazz musician who started his career at the age of 16 and continued playing up to the final months of his life when he left us on May 8, 2008 at the age of 95.

Jackson played with most of the greatest musicians of the 20th century including Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and many others.
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