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Paul Jackson Jr. – Lay It Back

Paul Jackson Jr. is worldwide the first-call and most wanted session guitarist. His performance is recorded on more than 1.000 albums, among those Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Bad. Further artists he played with are Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones, Steely Dan, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Madonna, Rod Stewart, Barbara Streisand and some hundreds more.

His solo albums are I Came To Play (1988), Out of The Shadows (1990), River in The Desert (1993), Never Alone: Duets (1996), Power Of The String (2001) and Still Small Voice (2003). After a long hiatus Paul Jackson, Jr. presents his new album Lay It Back on his new label Branch Records.

Patrice Rushen (piano), keyboardist Bobby Lyle, bassist Alex Al, vocalist James Reese, Ray Brown (Earth, Wind & Fire horns), The Rickey Minor Band, Rex Rideout, Jeff Lorber, the list of contributing artists is long. Most of them already performed with Paul on stage or in the studios.

The album starts with the funky The Workout. The intro reminds of Pick Up The Pieces signalizing the direction of the tune. Jeff Lorber penned the song while the horns were arranged by Ray Brown. Trumpet player Ray was the section leader of The Earth, Wind & Fire Horns.

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