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Answers on a Postcard...

by The Dave Jones Quartet

5-Star Review from Jazz Journal - "Relish this joyous, deeply affirmative EP – as I have – again and again. And again! ... The group sounds ultra-tight, the grooves are deep and mellow...and the playing is top notch" (Michael Tucker, 20/08/2019).
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1. Answers on a Postcard
4:41 album only
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2. Kalimba Blues
5:58 album only
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3. The Power of Burgundy
7:22 album only
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"I always enjoy – and learn much from – the JJ posts of the widely experienced Dave Jones. And I’ve very much enjoyed the releases from this fine post-Tyner, Evans-aware pianist and composer which I’ve had the pleasure of hearing, such as his work with the folk-touched Burum group and that ensemble’s association with leading Indian musicians in the Khamira project. The good news continues here, in this finger-snapping, blues-shot session of new Jones pieces. Released at EP length, it’s a follow-up to this quartet’s critically well-received Keynotes album of 2017, which featured notes by sometime Jones associate Simon Spillett.

The group sounds ultra-tight, the grooves are deep and mellow – relish the snap and bounce of the opening Answers, with its crisp and cascading figures from the leader – and the playing is top notch, with Hague’s drumming spot-on throughout. Featured on the title track and Kalimba Blues, Waghorn’s tenor is in the post-Dexter vein – the one marked round, full and fluid, with plenty, plenty soul. His flute sings and flies on Burgundy, where Jones comes on strong and Long has a delicious pizzicato spot.

Jones’s music can evince a world-ranging literacy and on the gorgeously sprung Kalimba Blues the laid-back opening kalimba loop supplies a typical touch of refreshing atmosphere and colour to music soaked in archetypal, modally turned modern mainstream values – and where Long has another tasty outing, this time on vibraphone.

As we know, jazz can mean many things to many people. But if you’re after the marrow of the music, look no further. As our editor wrote of Jones in JJ 11/12, here are “swinging post-Blue Note tunes that are exemplars of musical logic, integrity and effective variation”. Relish this joyous, deeply affirmative EP – as I have – again and again. And again! (Michael Tucker, 20/08/2019).

"This is a delightful little package. Cardiff based pianist Dave Jones has just released a short CD of his quartet, and the physical artefact presents like an old fashioned vinyl single...The pleasure of picking up the package (just don’t pop it on your turntable) is equalled by the reminder of what a tight, grooving unit this band is. Jones released 'KeyNotes' a couple of years ago with substantially the same line-up of Ben Waghorn on sax and flute and Ashley-John Long on bass and vibes (apparently at the same time!). For this set Andy Hague is behind the drum kit. The title track is a briskly swinging affair, a four note, bluesy hook bouncing off the cycling changes, and could have you scratching your head trying to remember which Blue Note classic album it came from if you hadn’t spotted it was a Jones original. Kalimba Blues has an atmospheric sample of the thumb piano sounding a catchy riff, pushed along by a shuffling funk groove. The Power of Burgundy with it’s rolling pulse as Waghorn sounds the long melodic phrases of the theme on flute has a distant Afro-Blue flavour. This is a Dave Jones project firmly in straight ahead jazz territory. What sets it apart is the economy and crispness of the writing and great playing from the band.

The three appetisers here feel like classic standards whilst Waghorn’s fluency and invention is always exciting. Jones’ compositions provide a perfect platform for him. Answers on a Postcard sets the scene, with long, bending notes drawing the ear in, before a blizard of snaking runs up the energy. Jones is no less fiery. He bustles and flows by turn, piling rhythms on top of each other. Long and Hague are a great engine room, really driving the music on with with the energy coming from a deeply felt groove rather than too much clutter.

Jones’ declared intention with this release was to remind us the band are out and about and it’s certainly mission accomplished on that score; catch them if you can and let’s hope there’s a longer set to be enjoyed in the not too distant future." (Mike Collins, EP/CD review on April 22nd 2019, at https://jazzyblogman.wordpress.com).

“Set two commenced with the title track from [the new EP] “Answers On A Postcard”, a piece with a swinging, Latin-esque groove that sounded as if it had stepped straight off a classic Blue Note album, by Horace Silver, perhaps, yet still sounded fresh, exciting and vital. Jones has a happy knack of writing tunes that honour the jazz tradition, yet still sound both personal and relevant. With a vibrant solo from the leader and with Waghorn really digging in on tenor this was an attention grabbing way of kick-starting the second half.

“The Power of Burgundy took its title from the film character Ron Burgundy. This proved to be something of a flute showcase for Waghorn, his vocalisations during his solo drawing a smile from Long at the bass. Waghorn is an excellent flute soloist, following in the tradition of leading British exponents of the instrument such as Harold McNair, Ray Warleigh, Jimmy Hastings and, of course, Gareth Lockrane.”

“Jones’s compositions sound as if they’ve always been around but still sound vital and interesting.” (Ian Mann, from Live review of EP/CD launch gig, April 11th 2019, on www.thejazzmann.com).

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