Beautifully sensitive work from saxophonist DariusJones – a record that features these nicely-building lines on alto sax – played with an offbeat approach to tone! Jones has some very unusual inflections on his horn here – so that even some of the gentler moments still have a nice edge, and resonate strongly next to the careful rhythms from Matt Mitchell on piano, Trevor Dunn on bass, and Ches Smith on drums. Most tunes start a bit slow, and kind of blossom as Jones blows more life into them – taking things to the brink, but never too far outside. Titles include "My Baby", "Roosevelt", "So Sad", "You Have Me Seeing Red", "Winkie", and "The Fagley Blues". CD
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
A very unusual album from reedman DariusJones – a special project dedicated to the legendary French vocalist Brigitte Fontaine, with vocals that definitely recall the singer at some of her most adventurous moments! Fontaine's no stranger to the racks at Dusty Groove – as we've loved her music for years – both under her own name, and collaborations with Areski and the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! This album's most like Brigitte's recording with the latter – as it features strongly expressive jazz passages from a group led by Jones on alto, with Matt Mitchell on piano, Sean Conly on bass, and Ches Smith on drums and percussion – fronted by French vocalist Emilie Lesbros, who really gets at the sort of poetry that Fontaine brought to her recordings, a style that's way more than jazz – and which interacts with the instrumentation both at a verbal and musical level. Titles include "Two Worlds One Soul", "Chanteuse In Blue", "Universal Translator", "Beneath The Skin", and "I Can't Keep From Weeping". CD
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Little Women —
Lung ... CD Aum Fidelity, 2013. Used ...
One long piece from this jazz quartet that includes DariusJones on alto, Andrew Smiley on guitar, Travis Laplante on tenor, and Jason Nazary on drums – yet a work that's way more gentle and poetic than you might expect! While most other groups might aim for freer noise on a track this long, these guys serve up these beautifully shifting tones and colors – almost a musical accompaniment to a few lovely words about seasonal change on the inside of the package – vivid, but in a subtle way, with some really great interplay between the guitar and saxes. CD