Jessica and Tony Jones
CD Release Performances
February 8 at ShapeShifter Lab! Jessica Jones Quartet
PITCH, RHYTHM AND CONSCIOUSNESS QUARTET
Two Bands! Two CD Release Performances!
Friday, February 8th
Reva Records Presents:
Pitch, Rhythm & Consciousness Quartet and Jessica Jones Quartet
CD release concert
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215
: DownBeat Editors' Pick (February)
Jessica Jones Quartet Continuum (Reva)
By Dave Cantor
Reva Records' inaugural release comes from the Jessica Jones Quartet, a nimble, even-tempered ensemble equally at ease with Continuum
's opening interpretation of Thelonious Monk
's Evidence" as it is casually moving through the free original Just This."
The band's leader, a tenor saxophonist, seemingly has influenced the jazz landscape as much through education as through her own recordings. Rare Earth Vibration Association, an organization that runs youth programs and works to produce performances (and even an opera in the East Bay), has encouraged countless students to pursue music, including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire
, who makes an appearance here on Continuum Reprise," a song that hints at Jones' past work with Don Cherry
The ensemble-which also counts bassist Stomu Takeishi, drummer Kenny Wollesen and Jones' husband, Tony Jones, on tenor-wields such a confident understanding of its powers that the troupe is able to portray a straight-ahead ethos on Wither Without You" and then pare back its instrumentation to a single saxophone and bass while transforming Billy Eckstine
's I Want To Talk About You" into a questing, slowly paced ballad.
Moody and introspective more than explosive, Continuum
maintains a medium boil throughout its entirety, a noteworthy accomplishment for any ensemble dealing with some of the genre's freer elements.
A savvy bandleader, intrepid improviser, gifted composer and veteran educator who's mentored some of jazz's finest 21st century artists, Brooklyn tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones adds to her stellar discography with Continuum
, an album that embodies her approach to jazz as a seamless flow passed between players." Jessica Jones
, tenor saxophone Tony Jones
, tenor saxophone Stomu Takeishi
, electric bass Kenny Wollesen
While this singular ensemble goes by the fierce sounding moniker Pitch, Rhythm and Consciousness Quartet, it's actually a neighborly New York band that brings together some of the city's most adventurous improvisers. The eponymous new album flows directly from the 2012 LP Pitch, Rhythm and Consciousness
, a breathtakingly spacious trio session featuring Jones, Burnham and Wollesen built on a resonant mesh of metallic textures that Wollesen created with a collection of bells. The four musicians are staples of the NYC creative music scene, each carving his or her own path as soloist and sideman. Here they bring their honed improvisation skills to a peak with solo, duo, trio and full band explorations of sound.
Tony Jones, tenor saxophone
Charlie Burnham, violin
Marika Hughes, cello
Kenny Wollesen, percussion