Friday, July 14, 2006

Ronald Shannon Jackson & the Decoding Society 'Barbeque Dog'

Ronald Shannon Jackson & the Decoding Society
Barbeque Dog

This is the 1983 follow up release to the highly acclaimed Mandance (1982). Jackson is undeniably one of the most inventive drummers of all time. In 1979 Jackson aged 39 formed the Decoding Society that would become a vehicle to showcase his talents as drummer & composer as well as many other talented artists Jackson enlisted, regardless of lineup changes throughout the 80's (although a core unit was often largely in place). (Please see comments for musicians on this release). In Jackson's best work he was able to synthesise a variety of musical styles including many forms of jazz, rock, blues, funk & world music's. A fusion of these musical sources & improvisation were heavily incorporated into the music. From my persepctive this particular release seems to highlight the brilliance of Vernon Reid more so than any of the other musicians.

Without delving deeply in Jackson's musical history pre-Decoding Society it is worth noting that he was a member of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time (1975-1979). Jackson also played with, starting from the mid 80's, Last Exit & Power Tools (Bill Frisell) in the late 80's. Unfortunately, Jackson's first six albums are apparently out of print, despite them having a brief CD run. So this CD from my understanding is no longer availble in any format. (Please check with your fav record store to confirm).


At 1:31 pm, July 14, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

Track List:

1.Barbecue Dog (4:22)
2.Trials of an Honest John (3:22)
3.Yugo Boy (3:10)
4.Say What You Will (3:12)
5.Mystery at Dawn (4:34)
6.Gossip (5:46)
7.When Cherry Trees Bloom in Winter, You Can Smell Last Summer (5:24)
8.Harlem Opera (9:05)

At 1:41 pm, July 14, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...


Ronald Shannon Jackson: Bass (Electric), Drums, Flute (Bass), Percussion, Sound
Construction, Vocals, Voices, Sound Effects, Main Performer, Flute, Composer
Melvin Gibbs: Bass, Voices, Bass (Electric), Guitar (Bass), Percussion, Vocals, Piccolo Bass
Bruce Johnson: Guitar (Bass), Vocals, Percussion
Zane Massey: Percussion, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Voices, Vocals
Vernon Reid: Banjo, Guitar, Guitar (Synthesizer), Percussion, Vocals, Voices, Synthesizer,
Guitar Synth, Guitar (Steel)
Henry Scott: Flugelhorn, Trumpet, Vocals, Voices, Percussion

David Breskin & Ronald Shannon Jackson Producer

At 2:26 am, July 15, 2006, Blogger MiltonTheMonster said...

Thanks for this!

At 3:53 am, July 15, 2006, Blogger Korpus said...

Now you hit a 10 with this!
Olllalalala. Shannon Jackson sideman of Ornette with his privae projects.
Vernon reid olalalala to good!!
Moog you have the Power!
Good good Boy!!
i tell ya i saw Ornette with his double quartet in 1981 in Holland what a vibes power to the music!
gracias amigo!

At 1:06 am, July 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks for this.

Sorry to be incoherent, but what's the password?

At 4:14 am, July 16, 2006, Blogger goldfinger said...

thanks for this MoogPower

At 4:47 am, July 16, 2006, Anonymous Stefan said...

wow! this is sweet!
I sure need more like this... If you have any, feel free to share since it's long out of print

also, I put some sweet oud oriented music on my blog, enjoy !

At 9:26 am, July 16, 2006, Blogger Papa Jazz said...

Hi there! I'm interested in hearing this music. Do you have the password for the rar file?

Papa J

At 9:28 am, July 16, 2006, Blogger Papa Jazz said...

ahh... nevermind.. I figured it out. It's "MoogPower"

At 1:07 am, July 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, thanks a lot for all the great stuff....can hardly listen to all ;-)

you should check this out:

found here:

At 5:07 pm, July 17, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

Hey all - thank you for your messages they are appreciated. I had a busy w'end & then yesterday evening (Sunday night) when I tried to get online my ISP was having so kind of technical issues. Was supposed to be back online by 9pm, but I couldn't get before I went to bed 'round midnight.

Milton & Korpus enjoy...WoW Korpus you saw Ornettee Coleman very nice - sheez you certainly get around!!!

At 5:14 pm, July 17, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

Thanks for stopping by goldfinger - comments are read & respected here.


At 5:18 pm, July 17, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

Thanx Stefan...And looking forward to the oud. Nice!!!

At 5:23 pm, July 17, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

No probs papa jazz - glad to hear you got it sorted.


At 8:26 pm, July 17, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

G'day 'anon' what is this stuff you're telling me to check out at the site mentioned. I did go there, but can't figure out what it is; can you enlighten me please? Thank you...

At 9:35 pm, July 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, it's really difficult to way is to figure it out's some kind of classical, electronic and also a little bit of metal....when you hear it you will first think it has to be some kind of soundtrack but it's not....then it's the soundtrack of your visions, which you'll definetly get while listening ;-)
I hope this description will enlighten you enough cause I can't explain it better. just try it out

At 10:42 pm, July 17, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

Cool 'anon' going to get it now. Just as long as it doesn't give me some kind of virus in my brain. :)


At 5:09 am, July 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh ...yes there is a virus....i forgot to will cause you to hear another song everytime you listen to the same song ;-)

At 9:59 am, July 18, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

Thanx again 'anon' I do have it now, just haven't had any time to give it a listen. Busy, busy busy!

At 12:21 am, February 12, 2007, Anonymous bbq contest said...

Interesting stuff.

Barbecue Bob
bbq contest

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At 8:29 am, November 28, 2007, Blogger Drew said...

hey, i'd love a repost of this if at all possible... link is dead. i have that power tools album "strange meeting" for your trouble if you don't have it already. thanks! - dreweq at

At 5:41 am, October 11, 2009, Blogger Adam said...

Can't find this album anywhere, thanks! I think the link is dead, also. It goes to a screen offering you a chance to upload.
abemahler at


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