Eric Jackson | Panoramic Future View

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Panoramic Future View

by Eric Jackson

Piano-based progressive rock that drifts from pop to jazz, then back again.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Open Road
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2. Panoramic Future View
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3. The Same
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4. You Were Wrong
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5. Nameless
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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On his second set of recordings, Eric takes a more progressive turn musically and lyrically. The tracks were recorded in the summer of 2005 in Chicago, and mixed and mastered by Andy Bartow of Black Dog Mastering Studio in Tampa. With the contributing talents of Chicago guitarist/bassist, Shawn Yeager, and the energetic drumming of Pete Jones, the new collection of songs demonstrates a more live and organic side to Eric's songwriting and recording.


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Chip Withrow (Muse's Muse)

A singer/songwriter worth checking out...
Like Eric Jackson, I am a recent transplant to southwest Florida – with the exception of the Keys, we’re about as far south as you can go. We come for the weather, not the money (I’ve never met him, but I bet Eric, a fellow teacher, understands).

And therefore I know that down here, adventurous music fans have to get their new and unusual music from the Internet or satellite (or by becoming a reviewer); you probably won’t find what Eric is doing on local radio, and that’s a shame. This inspired keyboard-centric five-song EP veers toward the Bruce Hornsby/Ben Folds style of jazz pop, then twists and turns in many other cool directions.

The first cut, “Open Road,” is arresting. It starts with uniquely-syncopated, pounding piano that inspired me to try out my old hippie shimmying (with no one watching, I hope).

The chorus of “Panoramic Future View” is close to anthemic, and the song also has a funky bridge and piano solo that bring to mind Blood, Sweat, and Tears. “The Same” also has a powerful chorus; it’s a sweet, close-to-pop ballad accented by Shawn Yeager’s eerily echoing guitar.

Eric shows his keyboard chops best on “You Were Wrong.” As a kiss-off song, I rate this right up there with Billy Joel’s “Big Shot.” Eric has a gift for placing unusual and effective bridges and breaks in his songs – this one nicely counters the urgency of the rest of the tune.

The disc closes (too soon) with the aching “Nameless.” Eric’s has a nice range as a vocalist, and the minimal accompaniment here allows you to notice his singing...

Eric Jackson reminded me that my first real musical hero was Elton John, and that sophisticated singer/songwriters of any style are worth checking out.