Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet | Whenufindituwillknow

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Bill Frisell Henry Threadgill Wayne Shorter

Album Links
MGJ's Website

More Artists From
United States - NY - New York City

Other Genres You Will Love
Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz Blues: Jazzy Blues Moods: Featuring Guitar
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.


by Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet

MGJ's music stirs your senses: engaging, fiery beauty, intricate interplay and pure, powerful sonic joy. The music speaks from deep inside: with virtuosic, unfettered guitar, he and his stellar quartet embark on forays of fierce exploration.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Continue Shopping
cd-rp in stock order now
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
1. Theme X (Dedicated to Geri Allen)
5:42 $0.99
2. Clarity 6 (Dedicated to Fred Hopkins)
4:08 $0.99
3. Spin (Dedicated to Baikida Carroll)
4:02 $0.99
4. Blue Blue (Dedicated to Bruce Kevin Jackson)
5:40 $0.99
5. Clarity 3
6:34 $0.99
6. Ah Yay
7:25 $0.99
7. Collectors of Social Dismay
7:04 $0.99
8. Souvenirs (Dedicated to Jessica Hagedorn)
3:25 $0.99
9. Meditation in E (Dedicated to Karen)
3:36 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

One of the World’s Most Influential & Innovative Guitarists, a Beyond-Genre Pioneer with Stunningly Singular Technique,
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON Has Impressed Musicians Across Genres & Generations, including Guitar Icons
Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell In WHENUFINDITUWILLKNOW,

MGJ and the Danish Jazz Musicians in his Clarity Quartet Return to Avant Roots He Had Germinated Alongside Wadada Leo Smith and Oliver Lake in the ‘70s Jazz Loft Scene.

Michael Gregory Jackson is a six-string magician whose most stunning sleight of hand has been
burning his name into the musical firmament, influencing countless musicians and reigning guitar
icons, while residing mysteriously outside the mainstream.

Take it from some trusted sources on the topic. Pat Metheny said, *"I have always considered him to be one of the most significantly original guitarists of our generation," while another guitar icon, Bill Frisell, noted, "I first heard Michael Gregory Jackson in 1975 when I moved to Boston. He blew my mind and influenced me a lot. I believe he's one of the unsung innovators."

And legendary music critic Robert Palmer wrote of Jackson in Rolling Stone, "By the time he was twenty-one he was already the most original jazz guitarist to emerge since the Sixties." On his new album, WHENUFINDITUWILLKNOW, Jackson reasserts his mastery in the avant-jazz realm that first earned him international attention four decades earlier. Jackson has gleefully disregarded the concept of musical boundaries throughout his career, which extends well beyond jazz to include elements of funk, R&B, blues, folk, rock, experimental music, and more.

In the course of his eclectic peregrinations, he has worked with a long string of giants in those genres, including Steve Winwood, Nile Rodgers, Carlos Santana, Vernon Reid, Oliver Lake, Anthony Braxton, Walter Becker, David Murray, Julius Hemphill, and Nona Hendryx, to name only a few.

He's recorded for resolutely indie underdog imprints such as Black Saint and Hat-Hut and for major labels alike. He's been a firebrand instrumentalist innovating at the bleeding edge of the avant garde and a singer/songwriter operating in an ostensibly commercial medium and recording for Arista, RCA/BMG and Island Records. And perhaps most importantly, in blatant disregard of the odds, he's managed to weave a consistently compelling artistic thread through it all.

Even in his Connecticut youth, the New Haven native alternated between germinating his jazz chops (beginning a long association with avant-garde trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith), playing the blues, and gracing coffeehouses with his acoustic guitar and haunting vocals. He arrived in New York City just in time for the blooming of the storied loft jazz scene of the mid '70s, breeding ground for hordes of heavyweights, like Henry Threadgill, Arthur Blythe, Sam Rivers, and scads of others.

Jackson quickly became Oliver Lake's right hand, playing on several albums with the pioneering saxman's quartet. He also appeared on the legendary Wildflowers compilation series documenting the movement, both as an accompanist and with his own band, and worked alongside the famed AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Music) and B.A.G (Black Artists Group) crews.

He began recording with his own bands during the same period. And from his 1976 debut, Clarity, Circle, Triangle, Square, onward, his eclecticism ran rampant. The mercurial Jackson alternated between progressive jazz records, acoustic-oriented singer/songwriter outings that came off like a cross between Joni Mitchell and Arthur Russell, R&B albums with an Earth, Wind & Fire/Stevie Wonder vibe, and a new wave-inflected, Prince-like mix of rock and R&B produced for Island Records by Nile Rodgers and featuring the rest of the guys from Chic.

In the 2000s, Jackson started steering his ship back in a jazz direction with increasing frequency. He produced and played on two albums by Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic, Spiritual Dimensions (2009) and Heart's Reflections (2011), both on Cuneiform Records. Spending time working in Denmark led to his forming the Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet with Danish musicians Niels Praestholm (bass), Simon Spang-Hanssen (sax), and Matias Wolf Andreasen (drums). In a way, this band brought him full circle, back to an outside-the-box approach to jazz not dissimilar to the expansive spirit of the '70s loft scene. He cut 2015's After Before with them, and after a record with American jazz players (2017's Spirit Signal Strata), Jackson reconvened with the Danes to cut WHENUFINDITUWILLKNOW.

It's important to note that this album is the work of a musician who has assimilated Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Son House, Igor Stravinsky, and John Coltrane in equal amounts. The breadth of Jackson's vision is such that even when he's ostensibly dedicated an album to a single genre, he seems capable of endless stylistic permutations. So simply calling his latest outing a jazz record is a bit like identifying Moby-Dick as a story about a whale. "I am not tied to genres or categories," states Jackson. And as fretboard bible Guitar Player magazine once observed, "it is the variety of styles commanded by... Jackson that has been the key to his success as a soloist, group leader, and sideman."

WHENUFINDITUWILLKNOW is simply the latest step in a constantly shifting creative journey Jackson's been on for decades. It's not a pursuit; it's a state of being. "I have known that is a very big part of who I am since I was seven years old," says Jackson. "I just had to make my way through the uncertainties of life to share music messages with others."


Niels Praestholm is a bassist, visionary composer, adventurous improviser, and a strong organizational force on the Danish jazz scene. With his groups Embla, The Gyroscope String Trio and Art Ensemble Syd (South), Niels has toured extensively throughout Denmark, Scandinavia, Europe, USA and in the Caribbean Islands.

The music journalist Boris Rabinowitch stated in Denmark’s leading newspaper, Politiken, that “Bassist and composer Niels Praestholm employs a genuine, delightfully off, sound, which he creates with his instrumentation. There is no trace of the reverence and solemnity often heard in the so-called Nordic sound. There is a vivid energy in the up tempo tracks that makes the music burn...the music has a down to earth timbre of life.”

Praestholm has worked and/or recorded with Kenny Drew, John Tchicai, Horace Parlan, Michael Gregory Jackson, Rakalam Bob Moses, Lee Konitz, Django Bates, Dave Liebman, Doug Hammond, Teddy Wilson, Kresten Osgood, Richard Boone, Ed Thigpen, Clark Terry, Rudy Smith, Simon Spang-Hanssen, Pierre Dorge, The New Jungle Orchestra, Ernie Wilkins, Benny W aters, Sahib Shihab and many more.


Simon Spang-Hanssen began his career in the mid-seventies in Copenhagen, Denmark as a member of the famed John Tchicai and "Strange Brothers", which included bassist Peter Danstrup and drummer Ole Roemer. He also performed with bassist Johhny Dyani, Jesper Zeuthen, The New Jungle Orchestra, the Brazilian drummer/composer Doug Raney, Nenê and with his own groups that included Ben Besiakov, Jesper Lundgaard and Alex Riel.

Simon also lived and worked in Paris, and played with Andy Emler Megaoctet, The Quintet of Francois and Louis Moutin, Nguyên Lê "Tales of Vietnam", The Orchestra National de Jazz, Bojan Z., Denis Badault, Anouar Brahem and with his personal projects featuring musicians such as Richard Bona, Xavier Desandre, Mariane Bitran, Mario Canonge.

Returning to Denmark, Simon formed several groups including "Rainbow Spirit", with Gambian kora-player Dawda Jobarteh, an octet "Alisio Ensemble", the Paris-based "Ear Witness" with Emil Spányi, Linley Marthe and Felix-Sabal-Lecco and the S.S.H. 5-tet with a.o. Bob Rockwell.

Since his tenure with John Tchicai, Simon has experimented in many directions both as a player and composer and has developed a personal mixture of his many roots in jazz and across the musical spectrum.


Wunderkind drummer Matias Wolf Andreason – whom The New York City Jazz Record called a “revelation” – graduated from the Copenhagen Conservatory of Music in 2014. The recipient of numerous international awards, he has won Germany’s Jazz’it’Up and Jugend Jazzt Soloist prizes in 2009; received an Uffe Wolffs Fond Scholarship in Denmark; was a 2010 finalist for Denmark’s Stjerneprisen; and was awarded Poland’s Jazz Nad Odra Grand Prix in 2011.

Despite his young age, Matias has already worked with a wide range of internationally acclaimed musicians, touring Sweden, Poland, Germany, Egypt, Palestine and South Africa. He is a member of the bands Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet, The Magnetic Eagle, Kentaur and Art Ensemble Syd. He’s played and/or recorded with such musicians as Al Agami, Django Bates, Aaron Parks, Marilyn Mazur, Pierre Dørge, Lennart Ginman, Kresten Osgood, Anders "AC" Christensen, Andrew D’Angelo, Michael Gregory Jackson, Chris Stover, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Stephan Meinberg, Don Immel, Tomasz Dabrowski, Richard Andersson, Daníel Friðrik Böðvarsson, Ned Ferm, Mothomoni Mapela-Mphatja.


Produced, Composed & Arranged by Michael Gregory Jackson
All songs ©2018 Michael Gregory Jackson - Magicolored Music ASCAP

Michael Gregory Jackson – electric & acoustic guitars, vocals, harmonica,
shakers, tambourine & cowbell
Niels Praestholm – bass
Simon Spang-Hanssen – alto & soprano saxophones
Matias Wolf Andreason – drums

Crossed my mind, another thought in time, a veritable gold mine,
take it to the bridge, stick it on the fridge,
somethings got to give, live and let live,
ad lib, on your mark, ready set go, on with the show,
make it up as you go, go with the flow, Whenufindituwillknow. - ©MGJ

Mixed by Michael Gregory Jackson & Dave Cook at Area 52 Studio
Saugerties, N.Y., Mastered by Dave Cook at Area 52 Studio, Saugerties, N.Y.
Overdub Recording & Digital Editing: Michael Gregory Jackson at Ingeborg Studio, USA
Basic Tracks Recording: Niels Praestholm at The Living Room Studio, Denmark

Cover & MGJ insert Photo: Gillian Doyle Cover Concept: MGJ. Graphics & Cover Layout: Jim Petty

Michael Gregory Jackson Endorses - Godin Guitars, Pigtronix, Fishman & Reunion Blues Gig Bags



to write a review