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Live Review

Other Minds 25, Day 3

Read "Other Minds 25, Day 3" reviewed by John Chacona


Day 1 | Day 2 | | Day 3 Taube Atrium Theater Other Minds Festival San Francisco, CA October 16, 2021 Moment's Notice, the theme of the 25th Other Minds festival, was a wry comment on the perils of mounting a music festival in a time of uncertainty. It's an undertaking that requires not only a Plan B, but an entire alphabet of alternatives. Festival curator Harry Bernstein had to reach ...

Album Review

Darius Jones: Raw Demoon Alchemy (A Lone Operation)

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Saxophonist Darius Jones' solo recording Raw Demoon Alchemy (A Lone Operation) is the embodiment of the word unpasteurized. Captured in the fall of 2019, the music is raw and untreated. Maybe 'pure' is a better word here. The musician known for his muscular approach to the alto saxophone lowers the armored facade we all seem to wrap ourselves in these days. He delivers covers of five compostions, four from what he describes as “unapologetically Black" composers, Sun Ra}, Ornette Coleman, ...

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Live From New York

Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker

Read "Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker" reviewed by Martin Longley


The Darius Jones Quintet/The Mara Rosenbloom Trio Ibeam June 13, 2016 This appealing double bill made a Monday night visit to Ibeam a certainty, even if only for a select-sized audience. This musician-orientated room in the Gowanus part of Brooklyn is completely dedicated to the activity of performance, without a bar, or snack hatch, reminiscent of The Stone in Manhattan. The stage, or rather, the far floor-corner, is surrounded with acoustic baffles that add ...

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Album Review

Darius Jones: Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)

Read "Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)" reviewed by John Sharpe


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 ...

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Album Review

Darius Jones Trio: Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)

Read "Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)" reviewed by Troy Collins


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 ...

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Album Review

Darius Jones Trio: Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)

Read "Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)" reviewed by Nic Jones


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. ...

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Album Review

Darius Jones / Matthew Shipp: Cosmic Lieder

Read "Cosmic Lieder" reviewed by John Sharpe


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 ...


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