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The third verse in NY saxophonist Darius Jones' Man'ish Boy epic, an album about beauty and love, through lyrical and evolved music as performed with his quartet of Matt Mitchell (piano), Trevor Dunn (bass) and Ches Smith (drums).

Jones Quartet, Darius
Book Of Mae'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise)

Jones Quartet, Darius: Book Of Mae'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) (Aum Fidelity)
Label: Aum Fidelity    
Released in: USA    

"[ A preface: in 2011, alto saxophonist/composer Darius Jones met the great promise of his acclaimed 2009 debut with a pair of utterly distinct albums, each of which gave and received a great measure of love: Cosmic Lieder introduced a standing duet project with established jazz master Matthew Shipp, and Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) brought to life the bodacious titular character via Jones' bad-ass trio with Adam Lane and Jason Nazary. ]

2012 reveals the magical third character and verse in his Man'ish Boy epic:

"Mæ'bul is the embodiment of every woman I have truly loved and had a relationship with in my life," Jones explains. "They say Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that Love is God. I believe we as human beings are constantly searching for the answer to the mystery of these two elements of life. Beauty is not universal and Love is manifest differently from person to person. Mæ'bul is my attempt at creating a totem to represent my spiritual pursuit of these two elements in sound."

Book of Mæ'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) elevates Darius' estimable work as composer and bandleader to a new level of creative magnitude. It is his first Quartet release, and once again features a stunning new book of compositions written specifically for the project. The band consists of highly talented generational peers, each of whom give forth their finest in this group. Sublime melodies, purposefully juxtaposed meters, love, and beauty map the exquisitely detailed yet fluid movement of the music. Music that has been purposefully designed to embrace the listener.

"Natural Beauty is a vital component in the conceptual message of Mæ'bul," Darius continues. "My sister and mother are two of the most naturally beautiful women inside and out I have ever seen. When looking at my sister's African features and dark brown skin I can't help but marvel at how the past and present are colliding to create such Beauty. So in creating Mæ'bul, I wanted to utilize forms and structures that were more prominent in the past while playing uncompromisingly in a modern day language. The idea in the simplest of terms is creating eternity now. I Love the idea of eternity."

Stay well-tuned.."-Aum Fidelity

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Product Information:

UPC: 642623307229

Label: Aum Fidelity
Catalog ID: AUM 072CD
Squidco Product Code: 15792

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Michael Marciano at Systems Two, Brooklyn on September 7th, 2011.


Darius Jones-alto saxophone

Matt Mitchell-piano

Trevor Dunn-bass

Ches Smith-drums

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Track Listing:

1. The Enjoli Moon 6:51

2. The Fagley Blues 5:43

3. Winkie 4:22

4. Be Patient With Me 7:39

5. My Baby 8:45

6. You Have Me Seeing Red 7:40

7. So Sad 8:01

8. Roosevelt 6:49