"Whether exploring the outer reaches or quiet inner spaces, the music of tenor saxophonist Tony Jones is marked by his unmistakable caressing tone and an insistent curiosity about the nature of sound. He embodies the spirit of improvisation."
- Andy Gilbert

Tenor saxophonist Tony Jones has performed, recorded and composed for the Jessica Jones Quartet for 25 years, and collaborated with Peter Apfelbaum in musical groups since they were fourteen years old, including the seminal Berkeley Free Jazz Unit, the Hieroglyphics Ensemble, the Peter Apfelbaum Sextet and the New York Hieroglyphics Ensemble. In addition, Tony has worked with Joseph Jarman, Muhal Richard Abrams, Cecil Taylor, Idris Ackamoor, and Don Cherry playing jazz festivals on the east and west coasts as well as in Germany and France.

New Release!
Pitch, Rhythm and Consciousness

As an art form, free jazz is often associated with honking, screaming, fiercely extroverted solos. But in the hands of tenor saxophonist Tony Jones, free improvisation can also explore introspective inner spaces. On his beatific new recording Pitch, Rhythm and Consciousness, his music murmurs, croons, chants and sighs, sustaining a becalmed but intensely alert mood from beginning to end. Featuring master drummer Kenny Wollesen and exploratory violinist Charles Burnham, the project brings together three long-time comrades. In many ways, the unusual instrumentation gave birth to the album, as Wollesen steps away from the trap set to create resonant textures with a collection of bells that inspired these captivating soundscapes. The music unfolds as a series of aural investigations, as Jones and Burnham leave plenty of space for the metallic notes to ring and fade. The resulting music - patient, intimate and unmistakably jazzcentric - is unlike anything else in recent memory.

 

Pitch, Rhythm and Consciousness

Side A:
1. Dear Toy
2. C.K. #1
3. T.K. #1
4. Bits
5. Howlin' Wolf

Side B:
1. Billie
2. Division and Kent
3. Jessie
4. Four Nights

Tony Jones, tenor saxophone
Charles Bunham, violin
Kenny Wollesen, percussion

 

Purchase Tony Jones Trio - Pitch, Rhythm, and Consciousness on LP or MP3 downloads

 

Reviews:

"It's a clinic in how fascinating, and listenable, and intelligent free jazz can be. Count this as a dark horse contender among the best jazz records of the year."
- Alan Young, Lucid Culture -- Read Full Review

"Whether exploring the outer reaches or quiet inner spaces, the music of tenor saxophonist Tony Jones is marked by his unmistakable caressing tone and an insistent curiosity about the nature of sound. He embodies the spirit of improvisation."
- Andy Gilbert

"On this ruminative record-and, indeed, it is a record, released primarily on vinyl, with MP3 downloads available-saxophonist Tony Jones, violinist Charles Burnham and percussionist Kenny Wollesen show themselves wholly comfortable within the quiet sonic space about them. Jones is the lead voice-the lead traveler, as it were-working his way across a terrain that is at once wide open and timeless, and newly created by the musicians themselves...the album simmers along sonic thought lines that...pop with human intensity."
- Matt Marshall, All About Jazz.com -- Read Full Review

"It's not about structure, timekeeping, loud squonking or chasing down scales at breakneck speed. Jones, Burnham and Wollesen prefer to instead to speak with each other civilly, spontaneously and communally. Jones plays his tenor with much discernment, walking the line between making every note count and not over thinking his playing. There's much tradition and soulfulness in his mannerisms...Pitch, Rhythm and Consciousness won't hit anybody over the head with noise because it makes the noise mysterious and discreet. Tony Jones & Co. certainly aren't the first to approach music that way, but the distinctive way they set out to do it makes Jones' record commendable for its creativity."
- S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews.com -- Read Full Review




 
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