Dave Jones Quartet | Live at AMG 2014

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Live at AMG 2014

by Dave Jones Quartet

“All of Jones’ recordings are highly recommended and ‘LIVE at AMG 2014’ is a worthy addition to a very strong catalogue ... this is an excellent band and tonight’s performance represented them at the top of their game.” (Ian Mann, The JazzMann 18/12/2014)
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1. 5 to 3 On Friday (Live)
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2. The Metro (Live)
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3. Welsh Rarebit (Live)
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4. Funky Thing (Live)
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5. Journeys (Live)
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6. Creative Petrol (Live)
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Album Notes
This great new live album by the Dave Jones Quartet is taken from a recording (originally intended as a test for a new mixing desk) of their performance at AMG (Acoustic Meeting Ground) in Pontardawe Arts Centre, Wales (UK), on Friday 28 March 2014. However, after listening back to the initial mixes, it became obvious that this great recording by Andrew Wal Coughlan (formerly bassist/composer with Gary Numan, and currently bassist with Cerys Matthews) had captured a really nice live vibe that night, and it warranted a day or two of mixing and mastering at his Bridgerow Studios to produce a releasable CD.

The resulting CD is just under an hour of the 70 minutes or so of music that the Quartet played that night, so it’s as real a live album as you’ll encounter, particularly bearing in mind the complexities of sharing a quite compact stage and a drum kit with several other bands, in a very lively acoustic, and with no option of extra takes to choose from on a 2nd or 3rd night.

Pianist/composer Dave Jones’s Quartet line-up of Lee Goodall (saxes), Ashley John Long (bass), and Kevin Lawlor (drums), formed the core of their critically acclaimed 2012 ‘Resonance’ album personnel (which also featured The Mavron String Quartet and a brass section), and the compositions performed here are mostly from ‘Resonance’ and the previous album ‘Journeys’ (The London Evening Standard’s Jazz CD of the week, 13/08/2010), but these live versions in 2014 are longer, more improvised, and more urgent.

Consequently, the Quartet work overtime in the live context, particularly bassist Ashley John Long, who performs the work of several string players when providing the pizzicato string loop on ‘The Metro’, and when he takes the bowed cello melody on double bass on ‘Journeys’, and also saxophonist Lee Goodall who wails on soprano over the extended closing section of the same track, which was originally written for piano trio and strings only.

Press quotes:

“Jones communicates most effectively in live performances” (Chris Parker, London Jazz 26/07/2012)

"... I was fortunate to work with the trio of pianist Dave Jones, a musician of formidable gifts" (from award-winning saxophonist Simon Spillett's tour diary, published in Jazz UK Oct/Nov 2011, following several performances with The Dave Jones Trio)

“…Dave Jones is an extraordinary pianist. He swings with a warmth, grace and vitality that recalls Horace Silver and McCoy Tyner” (from Jack Massarik’s ‘Jazz CD of The Week’ review of ‘Journeys’ in the London Evening Standard, 13/08/2010)



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