Jones Jones is a funny name for an all-star band. To grant such distinctive musicians so anonymous, Google-proof a moniker is whimsical in the extreme. But, given its members’ long and distinguished work in the service of music, this group should not be taken lightly or treated as a lark. There is humor in their work but also gravitas and depth and magic.
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1. Articulating Jones 2:45
2. Bali Hai Jones 9:23
3. Call of the Jones 6:30
4. Jones in the Sonar System 5:38
5. Jones Free Jones 4:59
6. RBG Jones 6:00
7. The Further Adventures of Ms. Microtonal Jones 6:57
8. And His Sisters Called Him Jones 6:37
Larry Ochs: tenor and sopranino saxophones; Vladimir Tarasov: drums, percussion; Mark Dresser: basses
Recorded January 16, 2020 by Andrew Munsey at Studio B, UC San Diego. Mastered by Myles Boisen at Headless Buddha Lab, Oakland CA. Produced by Larry Ochs. All tracks collectively improvised by Ochs, Tarasov, and Dresser. Cover art by Roberto Harrison.
“Each of the mature talents involved boasts an impressive history. Dresser was the bassist in Anthony Braxton's classic 1990s quartet, while Tarasov was part of the Ganelin Trio, hailed as "arguably the world's greatest free jazz ensemble" in their 1980s heyday. Ochs has been one quarter of the Rova Saxophone Quartet since its inception in 1977. But as noteworthy as their illustrious track records is the fact that they still nurture an adventurous streak. All the nous derived from these various groundbreaking escapades finds its expression in their work together.” --- John Sharpe
“‘Supergroup’ is old rock music terminology. I know no one in Jones Jones thinks of themselves in those terms. Nevertheless, each one of these musicians has been involved in critical groundbreaking music in important ensembles outside of double Jones. The interesting thing is if you mention the classic Anthony Braxton Quartet (Braxton, Crispell, Dresser, Hemingway), the Rova Saxophone Quartet (Ochs, Ackley, Raskin, Voigt) or the Ganelin Trio (Ganelin, Tarasov, Chekasin), despite the game-changing music produced by each of these bands, there’s no guarantee that people today will make the connection. Pity, I can’t stress enough just how groundbreaking those three early 1980’s strands of history are to the development of the post-new wave of avant garde jazz today. Dresser, Ochs and Tarasov, otherwise known as 'Jones Jones', are no throw-back to past glories. They inhabit our millennium as contemporary Global nomads. They each have homes, they chose to travel.” --- Steve Day in SandyBrownJazz.co.uk (review of The Moscow Improvisations)
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