Ronald Shannon Jackson & the Decoding Society 'Barbeque Dog'
Ronald Shannon Jackson & the Decoding Society
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).