Keyboardist, flautist and songwriter Brian Jackson has returned with his first solo album in 20 years, titled This is Brian Jackson.

Jackson has carved out a unique space for himself among music fans with his pivotal decade of collaborations with musician and activist Gil Scott-Heron, providing his iconic electric piano and flute performances on their 1970s albums including Pieces of a Man, Bridges and Winter in America. From the ‘80s and onwards, Jackson worked with Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Kool & The Gang, Roy Ayers and Gwen Guthrie, to name a few.

During the recording period of Bridges in 1976, Jackson had originally planned to craft a solo project; he made some demos, but never completed them. In the beginnings of his friendship with the Phenomenal Handclap Band’s Daniel Collás, Jackson mentioned this unfinished album. This prompted Collas to ask, “What would a Brian Jackson album sound like if the 21st-century Brian were to complete that 1976 album today?” He offered to produce the record.