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Sean Conly / Alex Harding / Darius Jones / Chad Taylor: Grass Roots

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From the start of the track “Hotttness" the organized chaos is at first unsettling, yet gives way to a tight hook in the exceptional debut Grass Roots by a newly formed collective who sound like they've been playing together for decades. The two lead voices consist of alto saxophonist wunderkind Darius Jones ( Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (Aum Fidelity, 2009) and his equally gifted reed partner-in-crime, Alex Harding who masters the unforgiving baritone saxophone. But equally formidable is the smoldering rhythm section of drummer Chad Taylor and bassist Sean Conly that supplies enough heat and inspiration of ...

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Darius Jones Quartet: Book of Mae'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise)

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Book of Mæ'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) is the third release from Darius Jones to document his impressive musical growth as a bandleader. Beyond his salient contributions to groups such as Little Women, Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys and Tanakh, Jones' 2009 AUM Fidelity debut, Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing), established the young alto saxophonist as a force with which to be reckoned--a singular talent capable of holding his own in the company of acknowledged masters like multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore and iconic drummer Rakalam Bob Moses. Two years later, Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) followed, which presented Jones ...

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Darius Jones Quartet: Book Of Mae'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise)

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Saxophonist Darius Jones has rung the changes on each of his widely acclaimed leadership dates. Book Of Mae'bul subverts expectations again with an all new quartet drawn from NYC's finest, who shift between intricate script and flowing invention in the blink of an eye. Together they navigate eight of Jones' compositions, which tend towards order rather than entropy more than might be expected. For those looking for comparisons, drummer Mike Pride's From Bacteria To Boys' Betweenwhile (Aum Fidelity, 2010) which featured the reedman, provides a more accurate indication of the ground traversed in its subtle subversion of classic jazz tropes ...

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Darius Jones: Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)

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In Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity, 2009), alto saxophonist Darius Jones scored a stunning debut that placed the newcomer firmly on the avant jazz map. Since then, the reedman has put himself about town, tasting artistic success with drummers William Hooker, and Mike Pride's ensembles, collective Little Women and in duet with pianist Matthew Shipp. But now he returns in the company of the trio first heard on a bonus track from his inaugural outing, comprising bassist Adam Lane (who also pops up on the Hooker disc) and drummer Jason Nazary (from Little Women).

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Darius Jones Trio: Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)

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Darius Jones' debut recording, Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity, 2009), heralded the arrival of an important new voice on alto saxophone. Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) is the second release in an ongoing series of concept records slated to document Jones' personal development--from his origins in Richmond, Virginia to his relocation as a member of New York's fertile Brooklyn scene. Eschewing the star power of his first album, which included multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore and drummer Rakalam Bob Moses, this date finds Jones supported by his working trio, featuring bassist Adam Lane and drummer Jason Nazary.Once ...

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Darius Jones Trio: Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)

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As of right now, alto sax man Darius Jones is one of the more distinctive voices; his vocabulary informed as much by the street as it is the academy, but his reach ensuring that this amounts to more than a fine balance between heart and head. He takes risks, too, considering that the trio lineup of sax, bass and drums is historically well-represented on record. But this band has its own things going on, despite its precedents. For all its lyricism on “I Wish I Had A Choice," there's a mercurial tartness in Jones' tone, but that's ...

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Darius Jones / Matthew Shipp: Cosmic Lieder

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Duets with saxophonists loom large in pianist Matthew Shipp's discography. His first release featured one such with a young Rob Brown--Sonic Explorations (Cadence Jazz, 1988)--and there have been further outings over the years with other reed men, including Roscoe Mitchell, Ivo Perelman, Evan Parker and Sabir Mateen. To add to that impressive roster comes a worthy addition in Cosmic Lieder, with talented newcomer alto saxophonist Darius Jones, who received serious plaudits for his stunning 2009 debut Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing), also on the Aum Fidelity imprint. Both men sublimate their considerable talents to discover a ...



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