Jessica and Tony Jones CD Release – An Inaugural Installment On Reva Records


Scott H. Thompson

Jessica and Tony Jones
CD Releases

Jessica Jones Quartet


Continuum - DownBeat Editors' Pick - February
Jessica Jones Quartet Continuum (Reva)
By Dave Cantor

Reva Records' inaugural release comes from the Jessica Jones Quartet, a nimble, even-tempered ensemble equally at ease with Continuum's opening interpretation of Thelonious Monk's "Evidence" as it is casually moving through the free original "Just This."
The band's leader, a tenor saxophonist, seemingly has influenced the jazz landscape as much through education as through her own recordings. Rare Earth Vibration Association, an organization that runs youth programs and works to produce performances (and even an opera in the East Bay), has encouraged countless students to pursue music, including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, who makes an appearance here on "Continuum Reprise," a song that hints at Jones' past work with Don Cherry.

The ensemble-which also counts bassist Stomu Takeishi, drummer Kenny Wollesen and Jones' husband, Tony Jones, on tenor-wields such a confident understanding of its powers that the troupe is able to portray a straightahead ethos on "Wither Without You" and then pare back its instrumentation to a single saxophone and bass while transforming Billy Eckstine's "I Want To Talk About You" into a questing, slowly paced ballad.
Moody and introspective more than explosive, Continuum maintains a medium boil throughout its entirety, a noteworthy accomplishment for any ensemble dealing with some of the genre's freer elements.

A savvy bandleader, intrepid improviser, gifted composer and veteran educator who's mentored some of jazz's finest 21st century artists, Brooklyn tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones adds to her stellar discography with Continuum, an album that embodies her approach to jazz as a seamless flow passed between players.

Jessica Jones, tenor saxophone
Tony Jones, tenor saxophone
Stomu Takeiski, electric bass
Kenny Wollesen, percussion
Label: Reva Records

While this singular ensemble goes by the fierce sounding moniker Pitch, Rhythm and Consciousness Quartet, it's actually a neighborly New York band that brings together some of the city's most adventurous improvisers. The eponymous new album flows directly from the 2012 LP Pitch, Rhythm and Consciousness, a breathtakingly spacious trio session featuring Jones, Burnham and Wollesen built on a resonant mesh of metallic textures that Wollesen created with a collection of bells. The four musicians are staples of the NYC creative music scene, each carving his or her own path as soloist and sideman. Here they bring their honed improvisation skills to a peak with solo, duo, trio and full band explorations of sound.

Tony Jones, tenor saxophone
Charlie Burnham, violin
Marika Hughes, cello
Kenny Wollesen, percussion




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About the Author / Scott H. Thompson

About Scott Thompson Thompson served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for almost a decade. With a background in broadcast journalism, Thompson’s voice and work has been heard on the Associated Press Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting network and NBC-AM New York, on The Morning Show. His experience spans radio, television, print and the internet. Thompson co-produced the New Haven Jazz Festival from 1994-2000. A prolific writer, Thompson has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, and the All Music Guide. He penned the CD liner notes to Herbie Hancock Head Hunters, Weather Report 8:30, George Duke Brazilian Love, Stan Getz The New Collection, The Essence of Maynard Ferguson, and The Essence of Al DiMeola. Scott is one of the original members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Editor’s note: Style Quarterly is very pleased to make the connection with Scott and values his enthusiastic support of Jazz.


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