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Darius Jones Quartet Featuring Emilie Lesbros: Le Bebe de Brigitte (Lost in Translation)

Obvious parallels exist between William Parker’s Raining on the Moon group with vocalist Leena Conquest and Darius Jones’ new album, which features French singer Emilie Lesbros. Hallmarks of both: accessible avant-garde jazz, lyrical compositions and a seamless integration of a sympathetic unit and a vocalist who uses her voice as another instrument in the ensemble. … Read More “Darius Jones Quartet Featuring Emilie Lesbros: Le Bebe de Brigitte (Lost in Translation)

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Darius Jones/Matthew Shipp: Cosmic Lieder

Borrowing from the idea of romantic song, otherwise known as classical German “lieder,” in Cosmic Lieder, alto sax player Darius Jones and pianist Matthew Shipp come together for their first duet. Jones is the primary voice and story-teller. In the most obvious sense, Shipp accompanies Jones in this recording. But the two combined share a … Read More “Darius Jones/Matthew Shipp: Cosmic Lieder”

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Little Women: Throat I-VII

Underground until 2008, the Brooklyn-based improvisational group, Little Women, debuts a full-length album, lasting a beautifully symmetrical 41:14 minutes, called Throat I-VII. Consisting of alto saxman Darius Jones, tenor sax player Travis LaPlante, guitarist Andrew Smiley and drummer Jason Nazary, this group breaks barriers with its wide-open, potentially controversial, sound exploration. Pluralistically rich with music … Read More “Little Women: Throat I-VII”

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