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03/31/12

Tony Jones/Kenny Wollesen/Charles Burnham
Pitch, Rhythm, and Consciousness
New Artists Records

Tenor saxophonist Tony Jones is featured here in a stripped-down trio setting with drummer-percussionist Kenny Wollesen and the highly imaginative violinist Charles Burnham. Quietly introspective, conversational pieces like “Dear Toy” and “C.K.” explore the gentle side of free jazz, with Wollesen underscoring the proceedings on brushes, bells and gongs while also making judicious use of silence. Jones brings a Dewey Redman-esque edge to the avant-blues meditation “Howlin’ Wolf,” then summons up serenity by blowing warm long tones on “Billie,” accompanied by Burnham’s koto-like pizzicato work. “Division and Kent” begins as a showcase for Burnham’s keening violin and develops into a darting, dissonant dialogue between the fiddle and Jones’ horn. “Jessie” is a feature for Wollesen’s metallic percussion, and the somber “Four Nights” has Jones channeling his inner Coleman Hawkins.

Originally published in March 2012
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