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Saxophonist Jessica Jones is on a Continuum

Read "Saxophonist Jessica Jones is on a Continuum" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Jessica Jones Quartet's latest album, Continuum, is the product of an earnest and organic execution of musical creativity. Continuum features Jessica Jones on tenor saxophone, tony Jones on tenor saxophone, Stomu Takeishi on bass, Kenny Wollesen on drums, Devante Dunbar on alto saxophone, Ed Reed on vocals, Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, and Mamadou Sidibe on Kamali ...


Article: Album Review

Jessica Jones Quartet: Moxie

Read "Moxie" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Moxie is both an extension of tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones' previous work and a glimpse back to an earlier point in her career: she continues to explore the possibilities inherent in a piano-less quartet with a two-tenor front line while reuniting with a rhythm duo that she worked with in the '80s--bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer ...


Article: Album Review

Jessica Jones Quartet: Word

Read "Word" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Disco strano questo Word, licenziato dal Jessica Jones Quartet. Per più di un motivo. A partire dalla classica suddivisione in Side A e Side B tipica dei vecchi vinile, che coincide, si scoprirà, con due differenti, quasi opposte direzioni musicali. La facciata A, composta da cinque brani originali e due noti standard, scorre via liscia come ...


Article: Album Review

Jessica Jones Quartet: Word

Read "Word" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

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 ...


Article: Album Review

Jessica Jones Quartet: Word

Read "Word" reviewed by Mark Corroto

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 ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Jessica Jones Quartet: Nod

Read "Jessica Jones Quartet: Nod" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

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 ...


Article: Album Review

Jessica Jones Quartet: Nod

Read "Nod" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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 ...


Article: Album Review

Jessica Jones Quartet: Nod

Read "Nod" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...


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