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“Atlanta guitarist Jacob Deaton began the year with a new album—his first one, in fact—and makes a good initial impression. These six songs, all Deaton’s, vary in tempo in mood but the common thread throughout them all is that they are crisp post-bop with simple melodies and advanced harmonies. This leader allows a lot of running room for pianist Nick Rosen and alto saxophonist Akeem Marable (Craig Shaw is on bass and Justin Chesarek mans the drums). Deaton’s plays his guitar with a bias for playing quality, not quantity, notes, and a warm tone with just a touch of vinegar makes those notes sound good. The “stretch” tracks are the bookend ones, “Tribulation” and “Sketches of Trane” (Youtube below), where Deaton, Marable and Rosen light it up with sequential solos. But it’s not all hot licks; the relaxed groove of “Hoexter’s Hex” shows off Deaton to craft a intricate tune with a lot of soul. ~Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews”

“Jacob Deaton is jazz guitarist based in Atlanta, Georgia. On Tribulation Jacob is joined by Akeem Marable (alto saxophone), Nick Rosen (piano), Craig Shaw (bass), and Justin Chesarek (drums). There's a great deal of spontaneous improvisation going on in these cuts as these guys drive their way through six provocative tracks. Deaton's fluid sassy guitar work is often highlighted but he by no means hogs the spotlight...all of the instruments are featured prominently. Tribulation is slick and sultry...and ultimately delivers top notch material that should appeal to a wide cross section of jazz lovers. Kickass cuts include "Tribulation," "Eclipse," "Sharp Edges," and "Sketches of Trane." Top pick.”

“Atlanta guitarist Jacob Deaton assembles an energetic quintet for a convincing run through six original compositions on his debut release Tribulation. Deaton solos with a straight-ahead, swinging edge, at once alluring and laid-back. His single-note lines and chordal runs on "Hoexter's Hex" stand out as a disc highlight. Alto saxophonist Akeem Marable and pianist Nick Rosen are impressive on the up-tempo title track and drummer Justin Chesarek, who exhibits a wide dynamic range, creates a quiet intensity on the waltz "Major Differences." Bassist Craig Shaw provides rock solid accompaniment, driving home "Eclipse," Deaton's take on Miles Davis' "Solar." All in all, an impressive release of high energy jazz from these dedicated Atlanta cats. ”

“There are a million unknown guitarists spread throughout this country...Jacob Deaton just happens to be one of the good ones. Playing musical prospector searching for that gold nugget can be a daunting task, Deaton makes it easy. Tribulation is a stellar debut release for this Indiana native and Atlanta resident and proves you don't necessarily have to go to New York to make a name for yourself...... ”

“If I received more jazz albums like the one I have here, my world would be so much better. Knowing Deaton is the actual leader of these sessions, I had to concentrate on him and expect that he was going to let it rip and show off his playing. He does, and he’s wicked without being too show off-y, if that makes any sense. In other words, it’s controlled, he knows how to play and get into all of the corners and pockets, but get out of there to allow the music and song to breathe and continue on its source.”

“The first thing you notice when this album starts is its hard-edged bop-swing, and the competitive nature of the guitar and alto sax. Led by guitarist Jacob Deacon Tribulation is a collection of six original pieces, all of which showcase the hard approach of the band to its take on jazz. The music is very muscular, tightly focused and with a forward thrust matching that of the original Batmobile. All five musicians form one musical creature. Tribulation has originality in spades. ”

“Jacob Deaton's debut offering Tribulation has the springiness of John Coltrane, the harmonious flow of Charlie Parker, and the nocturnal ethers of Thelonious Monk. Deeply engrossed in the music, Deaton and his band revitalizes straight ahead jazz with a contemporary glint and a touch of adult-pop fare.......”

“Jacob Deaton, virtuoso guitarist and Atlanta native, has assembled an energetic quintet for his debut, Tribulations. The five gig together regularly in and around their hometown, building the strong camaraderie they exhibit here, yet each has his own, unique voice. This makes the group sound like a dynamic entity in its own right, not merely the sum of specific efforts. It helps that Deaton's originals are constructed to allow for maximal individual expression......”

“...listed among the likes of Tom Harrel, Ninety Miles, Kurt Elling, Joshua Redman, Regina Carter Sean Jones and more as best of 2011! Check it out!”

“Tribulation Jacob Deaton Multi-faceted Guitarist "Brings It" with his first Jazz release Original, fresh and worth a serious listen, Jacob Deaton delivers his freshman release entitled “Tribulation”. This crisp, clean, frontal attack gives us a tease of Mr. Deaton's talents with his six track EP that leaves the listener begging for more. Right out of the box, the title track “Tribulation” gives us something to deal with. Tight guitar launched chords give way to splashes of rhythm mixed with alto saxophone and guitar unison lines toying with the ears. Then “BAMM” let the swinging solo development begin. Akeem Marable is a saxophonist to be dealt with. He delivers an intensely full sound with incredibly soft hands providing a controlled power balanced with melodic expression. Mr. Deaton has more than enough influences to be a true original with his compositional prowess and melodic solo development... See the link to read the rest!”