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Darius Jones Trio: Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing)

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Darius Jones Trio: Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) is the premier recording of Virginia-born alto saxophonist Darius Jones, a prodigiously talented instrumentalist whose Southern roots shine through on this vivacious debut. A regular sideman to Lewis Flip Barnes, William Hooker, Mike Pride, and Mara Rosenbloom, Jones also leads his own trio, which features bassist Adam Lane and drummer Jason Nazary.

For his first record, Jones recruited drummer Bob Moses and multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore—two of his mentors—to be his rhythm section. Holding his own in the presence of such legendary heavyweights, Jones is also heard playing with Lane and Nazary on "Chaych," a live bonus cut appended to the end of the album.

Despite being their first recorded encounter, Cooper-Moore and Moses make a sterling pair. Moses approaches his kit with a ritualistic sensibility, rarely establishing strict tempos or meters as much as implying them. Providing supple fluidity and undulating percussive undercurrents, Moses' dynamic interpolations provide Cooper-Moore and Jones with an expansive, elastic canvas.

An expressive instrumentalist, Jones pours his heart and soul into his keening solos, plying sweet and sour cadences that veer from the coruscating melt-down of the noir-inflected "Cry Out" to the romantic glissandos of "Forgive Me." On the former, Jones haunts Cooper-Moore's menacing left hand ostinatos and Moses' rollicking shuffle rhythms with his wide vibrato, goading them into a caterwauling climax of ecstatic proportions. His abstract variations on the alto and diddly-bo duet "We Are Unicorns" drift into hypnotic introspection, while his variable tone and vocalized phrasing provides dynamic contrast to Cooper-Moore's beatific piano filigrees on the tender "Meekness," invoking Ellington's "Come Sunday" in passing.

The album offers a range of emotions and moods with a fairly limited palette. The rambunctious abstract funk of "Chasing The Ghost" features earthy harmony between Jones' acerbic alto and the rubbery twang of Cooper-Moore's diddley-bo. The duo feature "Big Train Rollin'" showcases the leader's ability to weave melodious fragments from multiphonics and alternate fingerings while navigating Moses' skittering percussive ruminations. And finally, the collectively composed "Salty" highlights the trio's congenial interplay on a spiky freeform excursion.

A phenomenal debut, Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) presents the singular artistry of Darius Jones; a new voice poised to receive widespread acclaim from the jazz underground.


Track Listing: Roosevelt; Cry Out; We Are Unicorns; Meekness; Salty; Chasing The Ghost; Big Train Rollin'; Forgive Me; Chaych.

Personnel: Darius Jones: alto saxophone; Cooper-Moore: piano and diddley-bo; Rakalam Bob Moses: drums; Adam Lane: bass (9); Jason Nazary: drums (9).

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: AUM Fidelity | Style: Modern Jazz


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