You won’t find the name Bobby Jackson in the Jazz books. Yet here is a remarkable man who did more than anyone to promote live jazz in his hometown of Minneapolis, risking everything to open a venue for Jazz lovers and putting on such luminaries as Freddie Hubbard, Roland Kirk and Elvin Jones. In so doing, he rode the wave of financial insecurity, dealt with problems involving drugs, the law and the police, not to mention the issues and temperaments of the musicians themselves. Yet he still managed to keep things together enough to record a truly deep and inspired album with his band – although it took another 8 years before it was finally released, albeit in minimal quantities and with zero distribution!
This release, the seventh in Jazzman’s Holy Grail series, tells the story of Bobby Jackson and his CafÃ© Extra-Ordinaire. The music is Deep, Modal and Progressive Jazz. The story is one of bearded coffee-drinking Jazz heads, Elvin Jones shedding tears, silver foil backdrops, and, if you pick up the release, you can read about what happened when a young man named Prince ventured into the cafÃ© one day with the intention to sit in on a jam session!