Track Listing: In Jones We Trust; Type Jones Positive; Jones Zones; Have You Met Miss Microtonal Jones; We All Feel the Same Way. Tracks 1, 2, 3 recorded June 30, 2008 by S. P. Michael Nikolaev at Bulthaup Center by Design, St. Petersburg, Russia. Tracks 4, 5 recorded on June 27, 2008 by Bastiaan Kuijt at Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Mixdown by Monte Vallier and Larry Ochs at Function 8, San Francisco, California. Mastering by Myles Boisen at Headless Buddha Lab, Oakland, California. Produced by Larry Ochs. All compositions © Ochs, Dresser, Tarasov, ASCAP, GEMA, administered by Bug Music.
Three long time masters of the improvised music world team up here for unpredictable but always inspiring forays into the world of creative improvised-music. The trio first performed as a unit in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the concert was very special. It consisted of collective, leaderless, sound-explorations among three musicians whose ability to listen and respond shone forth during the concert.
Performing entirely improvised music, Jones Jones’ musical performances draw on all the individual musicians’ past experiences, and that somehow adds up, not necessarily to “more than the sum of the parts,” but definitely to something unique and very special that could only have happened within this particular trio configuration. The band performed in Europe in Moscow in 2009 during the Moscow Biennale, in June/July 2008 in Amsterdam and St Petersburg plus festivals in Lithuania and Latvia. Jones Jones also was featured at The 2008 Festival Of New American Music in Sacramento, California. A new CD release, the music taken from live recordings in St. Petersburg and Amsterdam concerts, is called “We All Feel the Same Way,” and it has been released by the Moscow label “SoLyd Records” in September 2009.
We All Feel the Same Way Album Review
Featuring Larry Ochs tenor & sopranino saxes, Mark Dresser on contrabass and Vladimir Tarasov on percussion. Superb live recordings from two gigs, one in St. Petersburg, Russia and one from the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Netherlands. All three of these fine fellows are master musicians and leaders in their own right. No doubt that you know the work of Mr. Ochs and Mr. Dresser, but you should also be aware of the great Russian drummer Vladimir Tarasov from the legendary Ganelin Trio and/or his collaborations with Anthony Braxton, Andrew Cyrille or Keshavan Maslak.
There is nothing quite like powerful improvisations played by international masters like these. Every sound is newly invented or conjured based on the long histories of each member. The musicians create an ongoing dialogue between themselves, weaving around one another and interacting thoughtfully. This is an ideal situation for all three members of this trio as they explore and shift together through different rapids, fast and slow, cautious and explosive, but always as one combined force. Each of the five pieces is like a story unfolding with a variety of feelings evoked: intense, scary, cosmic, spirited, organic, spicy and even calm at the center. A truly outstanding trio!