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Forgotten Melody

by Wayne Jones

Anyone who has ever cast doubt on the bass's ability to take on head chef duties, need only listen to the melodic smooth jazz that Wayne Jones cooks up in "Forgotten Melody"
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tom's Shuffle
4:39 $0.99
2. Forgotten Melody
3:51 $0.99
3. Gone for a Walk
5:25 $0.99
4. Hole in my Pocket
5:35 $0.99
5. Written Hour
5:09 $0.99
6. Take Five
3:48 $0.99
7. Run for Cover
6:46 $0.99
8. An Evening in Paris
5:53 $0.99
9. Hollow of the White Voice
5:10 $0.99
10. In Full Flight
5:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
The following is written by Greg Phillips - Editor of Australian Musician magazine, May 2006:


World class! It's a term often used, often loosely, sometimes even carelessly ... and what does it mean anyway? When used in context of a recording artist's press release, the author's goal is generally to create some hype, give the impression that the subject is just as talented as those whom roam the stage internationally. A more humble definition could be that when played, the recording could easily present equal parts enjoyment to anyone, anywhere in the world, irrespective of language, colour, religion or creed. Whatever the definition, it can be said without fear of contradiction, that Australian bassist extraordinaire Wayne Jones' debut solo album Forgotten Melody' is ALL class.

A bass player's solo album I hear you say? The bass player is the guy responsible for keeping the beat, the one playing the guitar with the four thick strings ... right? Well to an extent yes. But assumptions are such dangerous beasts, closing the mind to a myriad of possibilities. What happens however, when the bass player comes up front, takes the lead on a six string bass, plays the melodies and writes most of the songs? What happens when that bass player is Wayne Jones?

Wayne has been an active fixture on the Australian session circuit for the last three decades with backing credits attached to artists as diverse as Geoff Achison, Ian Moss, Dave Hole and Kate Ceberano, as well as an array of film, television and bass clinician work under his belt. Finally, after first entertaining the thought of releasing a solo album around seven years ago, and with the assistance of newborn record company Pacific Records, Wayne delivers 'Forgotten Melody' a jazz tinged, funk and groove based feast, utilising some of Australia's finest session players. Joining Wayne in his symposium of sonic sophistication are guitarist Ron Peers (Stylus, Renee Geyer), drummer Gerry Pantazis (Tommy Emmanuel, Bachelor Girl) and WA's James Sandon on sax (GMA). Keyboards and co-production kudos goes to Ash Crick, who at one time was the fastest person on earth.True! Apart from playing with Tommy Emmanuel, Dale Ryder and Funk Fiction, Ash is a former world champion sky diver and was officially noted as the fastest person in the world in any non-motorised sport in the year 2000 when he free-fell at 500km per hour (the record has since been broken).

From the opening few bars of track one of this album, the chuggalong "Tom's Shuffle', there's no disputing Wayne's amazing command of the bass as he plucks and slaps with a fluidity and freedom that many others could only ever aspire to. While Ron, Ash, and James provide feel good melody flashes, and Gerry keeps it all tight and together, Wayne can't help but slide out of the pocket and into the forefront with some astonishingly liquid bass licks.

With track two, the title track "Forgotten Melody", Wayne slips into something more sublime. It's an after dark jazz cocktail featuring Wayne's lead melody on his Status six string with the immaculate production values capturing every resonance of his strings.

'Gone for a Walk', 'Hole in My Pocket' and 'Written Hour' follow, each providing a joyous vibe, a fusion of early morning anticipation and late night romance or reflection.

You'd be forgiven for thinking a wide variety of basses and effects were used to conjure the dynamic sounds offered on this disc, however for the most part, it's one bass, and all fingers and thumbs with only a hint of studio tweak. Anyone who has ever cast doubt on the bass's ability to take on head chef duties, need only listen to the concoction Wayne cooks up on his unique funkified version of the jazz standard 'Take Five'. Whoever said precision and passion don't mix!

By track ten, the album's closing celebration "In Full Flight", the listener is left in no doubt as to the astonishing bass talents of Mr Jones. Wayne Jones knows bass. So much so that in conjunction with Michail Barabasz, designed his own Wayne Jones model bass cabinets which have received rave reviews in international musician magazines. Proof is in the pudding they say, and engineer Steve Scanlon was so impressed with the Jones' speaker cabs, he mixed this album through them. "Forgotten Melody" is all Wayne Jones, all class ... world class in fact!

Greg Phillips-Editor Australian Musician magazine May, 2006



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Simply . . . AWESOME !
Uncompromising CD from an inspiring bassist. The selections showcase his chops very well.

Barry Lloyd

Truly world class, I thought they were American
It is a very smooth and important piece of australian jazz. Bass doesn't get a big say on most albums but here is a great musical statement. Ronny Peers'plays awesomely and contributes to the overall quality and depth of this CD. I truly thought it was a US group especially with some of its Bensonesque overtones. Where does this group play?

Cheron Carlson

Forgotten Melody
I just sent an email, but I said that I LOVE the CD and I want more Wayne Jones CDs. Thanks

Mike Gallimore

Great "smooth jazz" disk, Wayne is an incredible bassist.
Excellent disk, every player is superb, especially the bassist! Just an incredible effort. I have it in my car and listen to it daily on the way to and from work. It seems to make the trip not quite as tedious and I even find myself sitting in the car to hear the end of the track I'm listening to. That's what music is supposed to do, take you to a diffent place, make you feel good. This disk does it.

Trentin Manning

Wayne Jones is one of the greats. this record proves that he can groove all day long! and solo very teastfully. if you like Marcus Miller,Gerald Veasley or Brian Bromberg than you have to buy this record.


nice cd, i purchased this cd 4 a friend he loves it, he is a jazz fanatic.


Next time I hopefully find your new CD also in Germany. Great stuff, thank you for it.

Smoothjazz.com Review

A down under wonder!
From down under (Melbourne, to be exact) comes one of the hottest bassists I've heard, who's assembled an astonishing collection of tunes and performances for this new one. Wayne Jones (by the way he also designs some of the most highly-regarded bass enclosures on the market) has released his first solo project, FORGOTTEN MELODY. It's dynamic, fresh, and above all, classy. Wayne's been a top-shelf player in Australia for over 30 years, and brings a group of other World-class Aussie players aboard for this project. The result is amazing. For example, all the low-end you hear on this album comes from Wayne's Status 6-string and his Maton M.G.B. 4 fretless instruments, with minimal studio enhancement. Basically it's all fingers and thumbs! The song choice is superb... six Wayne Jones originals, two from his buds, and a couple of killer covers, namely Paul Desmond's "Take Five" and Marcus Miller's "Run for Cover." The flow on FORGOTTEN MELODY is extraordinary too, by design... from the high-intensity "Tom's Shuffle" to the mellow and engaging title track (the first single) right on through to the passionately energetic finisher, "In Full Flight." Wayne says, "I looked at the progression on this disc like I would plan a show... you have to start with good impact, then go on a journey of moods to the climax." The title may be FORGOTTEN MELODY, but Wayne Jones' debut album is glowingly memorable! ~SCOTT O'BRIEN

Jackie Anderson-WJAB

Wayne Jones is a class act all the way. Very impressed with his "Forgotten Melody" CD. Love the music, which I found to be quite enjoyable. Looking forward to hearing him perform in the U.S.!


Very nice smooth jazz from down under.
Very nice effort, very nice disk. Didn't expect it to be as good as it is. Wayne's melodic approach to his playing is very refreshing. Hoping to hear more from him and would go to a show to see him if his group plays the U.S.
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