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The Puzzle Piece

by Jonathan Townes

Ominous tribal drums give way to melody and exuberance...rhythms and melodies ascend into a cacophony and threaten to crash and burn.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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Jonathan Townes
Puzzle Piece

Ominous tribal drums give way to melody and exuberance on Jonathan Townes' latest instrumental track, "Puzzle Piece." The joy is short-lived, though, as by the end of the composition, rhythms and melodies ascend into a cacophony and threaten to crash and burn. Too much harmony, too soon, Townes seems to be saying. Laying a traditional horn melody over electronica in the second phase of the song, the piece calls to mind modern European takes on American jazz, as if the Maryland-born, Berklee educated Townes is simultaneously honoring and tearing down tradition. It's a thrilling and emotionally frenetic piece of music that never lets you get too comfortable. And that seems be Townes' intent. The parts of it may only be pieces of the whole, but the whole of it is itself a larger piece of the range of emotions we experience on any given day. It's life through the lens of a time-lapsed camera. ~~~ Joe Pagetta (15 Dec 2012)

Jonathan Townes: guitar; Dennis Mitcheltree: saxophone

Additional recording by Keith Jones at CGS Productions, Van Nuys. Mixed by Jonathan Townes at Home, Los Angeles. Mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios, London.

Special thanks to Keith Jones at CGS Productions. Thanks to Bryan Velasco, Anthony Kronfle and to Mandy Parnell and Chris Le Monde at Black Saloon Studios.



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Barbara H.

Adore the Vocals
So far, love, trying to think of who it sounds like, I know how it makes me feel . . . The only thing that I honestly an not into is after the first verse, the sudden break into the electronics, the end of that first break, I am digging, the beginning takes me out of the music kind of harshly. Maybe that is the point, don't get comfortable.
Also, could be that particular sound, left ear the buzzy aggressive one, is a sound that I don't particularly like in other music. I am adoring the vocals, guitar, piano, the ping at the end, the very beginning is almost a bit Pink