DariusJones & The Elizabeth Caroline Unit —
Oversoul Manual ... CD Aum Fidelity, 2014. New Copy ...
One of the most unusual projects we've ever heard from DariusJones – so much so that the record doesn't feature the instrumentalist at all – just his own ideas and compositions performed by a very unique vocal quartet! The album is dedicated to all the singers who've influenced Jones over the years – from Nina Simone to Leontyne Price, Andy Bey, and Betty Carter – but the compositions are way different than any of those references might make you expect, and are based around a created language for spiritual rituals from the planet Or'gen – with word shapes instead of actual lyrics, performed by a quartet of female singers with a very enigmatic sound! The work is far more experimental than straight jazz vocals, but still has a very haunting, captivating feel – and the 15 tracks on the album are all listed with a variety of different symbols in the notes. CD
Adam Lane/DariusJones/Vijay Anderson —
Absolute Horizon ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy ...
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Adam Lane's bass is superb here – really shaping the sound in a sublime way right from the start – brooding and bold up from the bottom – never too heavy-handed, but a force that directs the recording beautifully, and really gives shape to the alto of DariusJones and drums of Vijay Anderson! The approach is quite different from the usual free trio date – as there's these subtle song structures on most tracks – sometimes more sonic than tune-based, but always full of feeling at a level that's extremely evocative, and which makes the album a superb achievement for all players involved. Titles include "Run To Infinity", "Bioluminescence", "Absolute Horizon", and "The Great Glass Elevator". LP, Vinyl record album
Really beautiful sounds from altoist DariusJones and pianist Matthew Shipp – very sensitive work from both musicians, and hardly what you might expect from the Jack Kirby reference in the title! The music is relatively free at points, but has this elliptical quality that's really compelling – almost acoustic loops of sound from both the piano and alto sax – as they stretch out, roll back, and move forward with a wonderful exploration of space and soul. Shipp seems very respectful of Jones in the setting – and titles include "Gardens Of Yivaroth", "Granny Goodness", "Divine Engine", "Life Equation", "Lord Of Woe", and "Celestial Foundation". CD
Really beautiful work from bassist Eric Revis – an album of subtle soul and really deep feelings – with a quality that's much more classic than some of the more contemporary material that we usually hear from the Clean Feed label – almost in an older avant space with echoes of Ornette Coleman, or some of the Soul Note/Black Saint recordings of the members of the 70s loft jazz scene. The group here is really strongly balanced – rich horn lines from Bill McHenry on tenor and DariusJones on alto – mixed with Revis ruminating work on bass, and some sublime drumming from Chad Taylor – a player we really love, but who seems to shine even more here than usual. Branford Marsalis makes a surprising guest appearance on two tracks – and titles include "Hits", "Unknown", "Somethin's Cookin", "If You're Lonesome Then You're Not Alone", and the multi-part "Tulpa Chronicles". CD