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Jessica Jones & Mark Taylor: Live at the Freight

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Live at the Freight chronicles a June 2011 date at the venerable Freight & Salvage coffeehouse in Berkeley, California, co-led by tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones and French horn and mellophone player Mark Taylor. The compositions, all originals and mostly quite good, are split between the two leaders.The first slightly unusual twist to the quartet is the presence of the French horn, rather than a trumpet. Saxophonist Jones makes the case for the French horn this way: “Trumpeters don't go to a pillowy place very often. They stay piercey." Pillowy rather than piercey is a good way to characterize ...

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Jessica Jones: More "Word"

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Tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones has worked with the likes of Joseph Jarman, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Steve Coleman and Peter Apfelbaum. A current resident of Brooklyn, NY, she lives with her saxophonist/husband Tony and is a long time jazz educator focusing on children to develop their talent for improvising, composition and oral tradition.

She has previously released Family (Nine Winds, 1997) and Nod (New Artists, 2004). Word (New Artist, 2008) includes poetry, song, and some free jazz with husband Tony and daughter/vocalist Candace Jones, drummers Lou Grassi and Kenny Wollesen, and bassist Ken Filiano. ...

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Jessica Jones Quartet: Word

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The provocative Word takes a few bites from different pies, making it quite an interesting album. This is a Jones family project--leader, pianist and saxophonist Jessica is joined by husband Tony (saxophone), daughter Candace (vocals) and son Levi (bass).

Jessica Jones, Bay Area native, is now a resident of Brooklyn. Both she and her husband have a background working within the free jazz community with artists including Joseph Jarman, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor and Peter Apfelbaum.

The album presents two separate musical faces, described as Sides 1 and 2. The first seven tracks showcase a small ...

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Jessica Jones Live at Bowery Poetry Club, NYC

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Jessica Jones Quartet Featuring Candace Jones Bowery Poetry Club New York, New York July 13, 2008

The first notes of Candace Jones' voice hit me like a tornado. Sure, they were sung softly, but that did not lessen their impact. I smiled to myself. So much beauty in the world. Saxophonist-composer-bandleader Jessica Jones and her band/family (more on that later) invaded the Bowery Poetry Club on July 13 under the guise of a show celebrating the release of Jessica's newest record, Word, an album rife with experimentation in the combining of ...

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Jazz Musicians

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By Jessica Jones Trust improvise give all you are to the bottom of the barrel don't fold don't fold know the melody before you start improvising and never avoid a solo just because you don't know the melody tell a story weave your little heart out dance like you will never get another chance let the baby play let the baby play listen to the music find the voice that speaks to you they won't believe it until they hear you play play all day play all night play on the street play for yourself save yourself ...

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Jessica Jones Quartet: Word

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Jazz has always had its own poetry. Not just the music, but the language. Recall hearing Cab Calloway or Louis Armstrong give an introduction from the bandstand or the cadence of Lester Young and Slim Gaillard's words. Jazz has always had its own idiom. It is poetry, and it is easy enough to understand that poetry is/can be jazz.

The combination of the two is the focus of this Jones family affair. Saxophonist Jessica Jones is joined by her husband and saxophonist Tony Jones, son and bassist Levi Jones and the blossoming talent of vocalist Candace ...

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Jessica Jones Quartet: Nod

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Jessica Jones Quartet Nod New Artists Records 2004

One of the first things apparent about this album is that it doesn't dwell in any particular time zone.

Jessica Jones' third quartet album, Nod , opens with an ensemble that sounds deliberately muffled like a 1950s bebop recording, progresses to uber-funk treatment of Jackie McLean and drifts into a bit of vocal poetry appropriate for the Vietnam War peace protests Jones took part in at Berkeley--all within the first three songs. True to her Berkley roots it's intelligent stuff, but sometimes ...

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Jessica Jones Quartet: Nod

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The title of the Jessica Jones Quartet's latest CD, Nod, is “Don" spelled backwards, a reverse tipping of the hat to Don Cherry, the trumpeter who ran with Ornette Coleman back in the early days of free jazz, on several groundbreaking albums of the genre. But here's the rub: the set doesn't have Cherry's sound; if you're looking for parallels, Nod runs much more along the lines of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, with a loose, devil-may-care approach that draws from multiple sources to create its sound. Part of that comes from the input of Art Ensemble member Joseph Jarman's ...

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Jessica Jones Quartet: Nod

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Elegantly bridging the gap between free playing and more structured work, tenor saxophonist/pianist Jessica Jones and her quartet deliver a record that bucks convention while, remarkably, remaining somewhat true to it. Influenced as much by the Art Ensemble of Chicago as by Wayne Shorter and Jackie McLean, Nod comfortably traverses a variety of territories, including open-ended improvisation, straight-ahead swing, and even a bit of hip hop.

With a r'sum' that includes work with artists as diverse as Bo Diddley and Cecil Taylor, not to mention years spent with Haitian and calypso bands, it's no surprise Jones' view is expansive. That ...



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