In between juggling duties as the guitarist in the American Idol all-star band and being a first-call session player who has performed on best-selling albums by many of the biggest stars in popular music, Paul Jackson Jr. carved out time to ply his immense “guitarisma” on his first solo collection in nearly six years.  

Lay It Back, released last Tuesday March 17 by Branch Records, Inc., is his seventh solo collection of soulful R&B, contemporary jazz excursions, cuddle-up close pop ballads and contemplative blues jams.   Jackson Jr. produced or co-produced the fourteen selections that comprise the album for which he wrote or co-wrote ten compositions, one of which is the title track.   The cut, featuring incendiary cool jazz riffs laid in rapid-fire succession back of a funky shuffle beat, is a Cornelius Mims collaboration that is currently ascending the radio charts.      

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