Toured and recorded with the top musicians in the world from Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Greg Ozby, Monty Croft and many more! World class material!
An international solo artist who also has the distinction of becoming the rhythmic linchpin of some of the classic contemporary jazz line-ups from the late 1980s onwards – notably sharing bandstands with Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland and Wayne Shorter – drummer, composer and arranger Gene Jackson needs little introduction to audiences the world over. His panoplied collaborations also include the names of Art Farmer, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Kevin Eubanks, Eddie Gomez and Hugh Masekela, and he has enjoyed more than a decade imaginatively reinterpreting gems from our jazz heritage both on record and in concert with the popular New York Standards Quartet.
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Interview with Gene Jackson
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My cd, "Power of Love" was my first cd as a leader opened up my confidence to allow the musicians I hire to bring their magic to my music because allowing this brings life to your music in ways you can't imagine. My role was to allow that process to manifest and my band mates delivered!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Performing with various projects in the Tokyo area. I'm also devoting time to writing my own compositions in various genres for live performance and recordings.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: At the moment no!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I prefer analog, however in the digital realm there are endless possilities which can bring a multitude of creative expressions.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will commit my heart and soul passionately to your composition!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much is my fee? As much as possible!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Because I'm most known for acoustic jazz playing I am often pigeonholed but I am music lover without blinders.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Which musical image are you trying to convey with your composition?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If your are aware of my work here is a platform which we can collaborate If you are not aware of my work do a search in YouTube or Google and determine if what you are looking for can be provided by what I have to offer. Do the research!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro M1/Logic Pro X/ A drum Pad/ Soundbrenner/ Solar Mobile Battery!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been actively playing professionally for 40 years!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would sum up my style by saying I am capable of many directions due to my love of music and I try to bring my vast experience into play every time I pick up the sticks to create.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I like to work with artist who appreciate what I can contribute to the music. Usually people who hire me are familiar with my work.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I like the drums to add tight grooves however I also like to add a unique flavor to the music that is purely inspired by my experience and background living in New York and growing up in Philly.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I mostly work in live performance and in recording studios with improvised music but at my workstation I work on laying tracks in various genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Of course jazz is my forte however I am always involved in various projects from Latin Jazz, Hip-hop, Rock, Fusion, Pop, and whatever else!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring years of experience from touring and recording with the worlds best artist! I'm also a geek with skills in laying down tracks.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Provide me with tracks and I will put the Gene Jackson stamp on your music!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Powered by MacBook Pro M1, My DAW's:Logic Pro X, Luna, Apollo Duo, UA-2 Quad Satelite. Drums: Roland TD-17 powered by Superior Drummer 3.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Robert Glasper, Little Dragon, Steve Coleman, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Babyface, The System, Herbie Hancock, Billy Higgins, Roy Haynes, Louis Hayse, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, EWF, Cameo, Cold Play, Tito Puente, Issac Delgado, Yuja Wang.......
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I've recorded over 150 cd's mostly jazz but also include a wide variety of genres. I mostly do live performances and cd's however I am capable of high quality drum recording remotely via my v-drum setup paired with Superior Drummer 3.