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by The Dave Jones Trio

London Evening Standard's Jazz CD of the week. "...Dave Jones is an extraordinary pianist...He also writes soulful originals and scores them skilfully for horns and occasional strings"
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1. Black Nile
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2. Nathan's Bar
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3. Hey DC
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4. Funky Thing
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5. Journeys
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6. Creative Petrol
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7. Barry Island
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8. Do your own thing
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Album Notes
"... I was fortunate to work with the trio of pianist Dave Jones, a musician of formidable gifts ..." (Simon Spillett, Jazz UK Oct/Nov 2011).

"Though ordinary by name, Port Talbot's Dave Jones is an extraordinary pianist. He swings with a warmth, grace and vitality that recalls Horace Silver and McCoy Tyner. He also writes soulful originals and scores them skilfully for horns (Lee Goodall's tenor-sax being a notable bonus) and occasional strings. It's not surprising that guitarist Jim Mullen and flugel-hornist Nick Hill figured in his London phase years ago. He's now 46 and the promise of his 1995 debut album, Have You Met Mr Jones, is richly fulfilled by this mature release, available from Jones the Piano definitely merits wider attention" (JACK MASSARIK, 'London Evening Standard' 13/08/2010).

"His tunes are really good, especially 'Nathan's' and the gorgeous title song which features one of the warmest-sounding string quartets you could wish to hear" (Tony Hall, 'Jazzwise' Nov 2010)

'...underscores the richness of present-day Welsh jazz, Jones the piano working with strings and horns in an exhilarating assembly of originals. Plenty of action here, with trumpeter Tomos Williams, saxophonist Lee Goodall and trombonist Gareth Roberts adding muscle" (Peter Vacher, Jazz UK 08/10/2010).

"This trio performance has something of the joyousness of early Keith Jarrett with Jones’s attractive melody tapping into Jarrett’s jazz meets country meets gospel vibe. Lovely." ( Ian Mann, 'The Jazzmann' website 20/08/2010). See the full length review at

"Lively, powerful but polished music from an inventive composer/leader fronting a robust, musicianly band" (Chris Parker, 29/09/2010). See the full length review at

"Port Talbot's jazz keyboard wizard leads his group through eight cuts of instrumental improvisation, inspired by his 2009 performance at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The core performers, Dave (piano), Ashley John Long (bass) and Lloyd Haines (drums), establish the principal, cool style during Shorter's 'Black Nile'. They are then joined by Lee Goodall (sax), Tomos Williams (trumpet), and Gareth Roberts (trombone), who subtly add a wider dimension to 'Nathan's Bar' and 'Barry Island' without changing the overall feel and direction. Cerebral jazz from a growing master" (Keith Ames, 'The Musician: Journal of the Musicians' Union' 11/09/2010).

"This little gem arrived out of the blue, sent by Welsh pianist Dave Jones who is accompanied by Ashley John Long and Lloyd Haines with guest slots from horn players Lee Goodall, Tomos Williams and Gareth Roberts. After the opening Black Nile all the songs are by Jones, inspired by a visit to Washington DC. Nice programming makes a very enjoyable CD" Peter Bevan, 'The Northern Echo' (26/08/2010).

"If dynamic variation and subtle felicities of touch and texture are the primary qualities conjured up by 'piano trio', ... the Dave Jones Trio (leader/composer on piano, bassist Ashley John Long, drummer Lloyd Haines), ... fit that definition" (Chris Parker, 20/07/2009) - from a gig review on 'The Vortex' Jazz Club Website.

"Based in Port Talbot, Wales – great British pianist & composer Dave Jones brings his ‘Journeys’ CD trio to Joe’s ... Dave’s work is full and rich harmonically, it often journeys into the more melodic side of jazz, but always remains dynamically moving with sporadic forays into full-on swing, funk and riff inspired modernism" (Paul Jefferies, Oxford Jazz Festival website 2011).

'Journeys', the new album by the Dave Jones Trio, was inspired by his performances at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. (USA), with Welsh bands and artists including 'Burum' and 'Sild'. The album features a new trio line-up with Ashley John Long on double bass and Lloyd Haines on drums. This trio came together for the first time on a memorable gig at London's Vortex Jazz Club in July 2009, shortly after Dave returned from Washington. The album also features a number of guests including Lee Goodall on saxes, Gareth Roberts on trombone, Tomos Williams on trumpet, and the Mavron String Quartet. 'Journeys', like his previous album 'Impetus', is driven by Dave's highly melodic compositions, but also demonstrates his skills as an arranger with the addition of horns and strings on some tracks, and also a new version of Wayne Shorter's 'Black Nile'.

The 6-page softpack CD album includes photography and graphic design by William Tsui, and also includes quotes from prose written in response to the eight album tracks by performance poet Clare Potter. William and Clare are both award winners in their respective fields.



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