Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Jones Jones - Just Justice (ESP Disk, 2022)

The idea of a supergroup is one usually bandied about in rock music circles but it can be applied to jazz as well. The anonymous name of this group hides a trio with decades of idiom changing experience in jazz and improvised music. Jones Jones consists of Larry Ochs on tenor and sopranino saxophones, Mark Dresser on bass and Vladimir Tarasov on drums. "Articulating Jones" is a brief opening track with raw festering saxophone and bass with percussion grinding forward. Sawing bowed bass and guttural saxophone lead the band into the following track, "Bali Hai Jones." This track has a subterranean rumble of bowed of bass and percussion, free sounding saxophone, all integrated unflinchingly. The music sounds truly free and nonconformist, creating unvarnished excitement. They feint like going off on a power trip then burrow that energy back into another deeply coiled trio improvisation, creating a raw nervy sound of stark saxophone, stoic bass and skittish drums, but it works well, and isn’t the least bit dry or off-putting. "Call of the Jones" has bowed bass with cymbals and searching saxophone, becoming more filled in and pushing forward, seething with energy. The band gets up on their haunches, with squalls of bowed bass and drums, scouring saxophone making for a powerful performance. This leads to "Jones In The Solar System," moving in a different direction, with abstract clattering percussion and bass creating low nervous sounds. Drumming on metal creating a distinctive racket, as the sopranino saxophone peeks out from the crashing sounds. The music becomes free and unforgiving, as high pitched saxophone clashes against slashing cymbals then fades. "Jones Free Jones" pits brushes against ripe tenor saxophone and plucked bass. Tarasov plays nice feathering brushes, melding well with Dresser's deeply pulled bass notes and Ochs' robust tenor saxophone. Light and fast unaccompanied drums soon meet tenor saxophone on "RBG Jones," which adds rending and tearing saxophone sounds, and bowed bass which becomes prominent, leading to "The Further Adventures of Ms. Microtonal Jones" where Ochs returns to the sopranino saxophone, getting very unique sound, especially in this environment, where Dresser is switching between bowed and plucked bass, and the drums are ebbing and flowing in speed, creating a distinctive group sound. The finale is "And His Sisters Called Him Jones" with tenor saxophone, plucked bass and drum shades, probing the open space, patiently, deeply focused no hurry, tapping into the flow of ideas and intuition. This deep collective improvisation, playing low to the ground in something of a groove, because freedom is a groove. This rupturing bowed bass could move mountains, framed by distinguished saxophone and drums, closing out this profound and thoughtful album. Just Justice -

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