Theo Jackson – Shoeless and the Girl
Already attracting 4 and 5 star rave reviews from critics, 'Shoeless and the Girl' is the much anticipated debut album from Theo Jackson. Whilst the foundations for this highly original release lie squarely in jazz, Theo's songs have a distinctive voice and incorporate a multitude of ideas and genres. Theo is an original artist, a creative mind, a modern-day troubadour. His songs have an ethereal, other-worldly quality and yet they are grounded in reality.
The 10 tracks on the album are drawn from the imagination of this natural storyteller whose lyrics are often quirky, yet they are always sincere. Standout tracks on the album include the up-beat opener 'Little Do You Know', featuring long-time collaborator alto saxophonist Nathaniel Facey from the MOBO award-winning band Empirical, a vocal adaptation of Wayne Shorter's 'Footprints' and the title track 'Shoeless and the Girl'.
With a stellar support ensemble featuring Huntly Gordon, double bass; Marco Quarantotto, drums and special guests Leo Richardson, tenor saxophone and Quentin Collins, Flugelhorn, one critic has already stated that this album "is as close to perfection as a debut will ever be."