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Symphony No. 1

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Symphony No. 1

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Joe Jackson
genre:
Classical

We gave it an A

In this four-movement piece, the self-proclaimed pop retiree shows again that his musical syntax surpasses rock’s simple grammar. Yet no matter how formidable Jackson’s skills and ambition or virtuosic his ensemble (including Steve Vai and Terence Blanchard), Symphony is gleamingly antiseptic: It’s Stravinsky meets the 7 O’Clock News theme. In one ear, out the other. B-

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