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Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones

While still living in the Bay Area, tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones met the late Don Cherry when she was part of saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble. “Don had just moved to the area, and he did a gig with us and played some of my tunes,” Jones says from Brooklyn, her home for the past seven years. “When I went over to his house a few times, he showed me some music and it was really nice to have that connection.”

That connection is made clear on Nod (New Artists), Jones’ latest recording with her tenor-sax partner, kindred spirit and husband Tony Jones (they met in high school in Berkeley, later married and started a family and a band). Invert the letters of the CD title and you’ll see that, along with the music’s intelligent mix of provocative free blowing and more disciplined bop-infused expression, is a sly tip of the hat to her old Bay Area mentor.

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