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Expressive New York-based alto saxophonist Darius Jones in a trio with Cooper-Moore and Bob Moses performing original compositions about Jones' life growing up in the South.

Jones Trio, Darius
Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing)

Jones Trio, Darius: Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (Aum Fidelity)
Label: Aum Fidelity    
Released in: USA    

"Darius Jones is an extraordinarily gifted young alto saxophonist and composer; Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) is his remarkable debut as a leader. Jones joined the New York music community in 2005, after living and studying in Richmond, VA. In his short time here, he has amazed and inspired musicians and audiences from widely divergent backgrounds with his meticulously honed musical gifts. Soul-power is at his foundation; forward looking expression always at the fore. Some bands Jones currently works with are the Cooper-Moore Trio, Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys, William Hooker's Bliss (East), and Trevor Dunn's Proof Readers. Jones also has a band with Travis LaPlante, Andrew Smiley, and Jason Nazary called Little Women; their first record Teeth came out in 2008.

Man'ish Boy is a deeply personal work that found Jones meditating on his life growing up in the south-not an easy life, but one suffused with familial love, hard work and self-assurance. His experiences in church, particularly hearing gospel choirs - the ecstatic combination of powerful individual voices coming together to create something greater - were a deep inspiration for this project. An abiding respect for elders and the breadth of life experience they bring led Jones to ask master musicians Cooper-Moore (piano, diddley-bo) and Rakalam Bob Moses (drums) to be part of this project. Jones first met Moses at a performance while still in Virginia, and they have had a close relationship ever since. Jones joined forces with Cooper-Moore, a fellow Virginian and church-goer as a youth, after moving to NYC. Cooper-Moore was asked specifically to also play diddley-bo here-a one-wire stringed instrument with roots in the deep south via Africa; with it, he most definitely brings the organic funk.

Herein-ballads of deeply affecting tenderness, an intense polyrhythmic excursion that literally does chase the ghost in holiness fashion, a series of open-ended pieces that further display the remarkable improvisational gifts of the three musicians, and more. The album's bonus track, Chaych!, features Darius' regular working trio with fellow younger highlights on the NYC new music stage Adam Lane-bass and Jason Nazary-drums, and makes abundantly clear the connection between juke joints and churches of the deep south."-SJ, Aum Fidelity

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Product Information:

UPC: 642623305720

Label: Aum Fidelity
Catalog ID: AUM 057CD
Squidco Product Code: 12118

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded on April 27, 2009 by Michael Marciano at Systems Two Studio, Brooklyn. Mixed with and mastered by Michael Marciano at STS. Produced by Darius Jones & Steven Joerg.


Darius Jones-alto saxophone

Cooper-Moore-piano, diddley-bo

Rakalam Bob Moses-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Roosevelt 1:17

2. Cry Out 7:09

3. We Are Unicorns 4:09

4. Meekness 5:36

5. Salty 2:54

6. Chasing The Ghost 9:48

7. Big Train Rollin' 5:33

8. Forgive Me 16:24