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Luke Jackson Luke Jackson
Album: Solo Duo Trio
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 15

I hope Luke Jackson had the foresight to make a note of everyone that was at this gig, because in years to come when he's told by the x thousandth person they were at the recording, he can just check the list and tick them off, or not.

I need to hold my hand up right here and say that I wasn't at the recording, damned real life getting in the way, so I can't say for certain that this is the best representation of an artist in the live medium I've heard captured, but I think it's the one the comes closest to giving me that experience when I close my eyes.

I'll hold my hand up again and confess that I'm a huge fan of Luke Jackson, I've been following him since before his debut album was released, back when his dad had to drive him to gigs and often he wasn't old enough to drink in the venues he played and he's half of one of my all time top gigs, when he played a double header with Lucy Ward half a dozen or so years ago.

Outrageously talented back then, in his case about a third of a lifetime ago, he has continued to develop as an artist working with and being mentored by the likes of Martyn Joseph and Amy Wadge, he quickly made the successful transition from feted young singer-songwriter, into a singer-songwriter of real renown one that has fulfilled all the promises his youthful self made.

One of the things that I've always liked about Luke, is his ability to just fit in, he can work with other artists so easily so as he and his music grew, it could be found working alongside other artists, but none more so than a couple of old friends, Andy Sharps (bass and Amy Wadge substitute) and Connor Downs (drums), two artists he works with in duo and trio form respectively and the reason the album carries the title it does.

Whilst not a greatest hits live package, the fifteen tracks covered wouldn't be enough for that, the three slightly uneven trimesters, captures the slightly different spirit of all three formations building naturally as the album moves to crescendo.

Across that progression you get raw stripped back solo blues, great harmonies, dynamic music interaction and an absolute host of great narratives that I still get amazed came/come of someone who has only had those experiences through exploring them through other mediums, though as real life experiences increase, these become a more important part of both writing and performing experience.

"Solo, Duo, Trio", contrasts smooth and subtle with out there rock numbers, but they feel so right and tight together, this captures music and atmosphere as well as the incredible glue that binds them together. Solo, duo or trio here is an album that shows the power of great music and proves that when push comes to shove there is no formula for what works you just know you've heard it happening, go get, whilst there's still some left. In short, as close as you to a legendary gig without actually being there.

Neil King