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Jones Jones (feat. Larry Ochs / Vladimir Tarasov / Mark Dresser): Just Justice (ESP)

The eccentrically named group "Jones Jones" is the trio of Lithuanian drummer Vladimir Tarasov, NY/West Coast bassist Mark Dresser and Rova Saxophone Quartet saxophonist Larry Ochs, since 2008 expressing humor and vexation at the world in sometimes meditative and sometimes explosive collective free improvisation, here in their 4th outstanding album and their 1st in the studio.
 

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Larry Ochs-tenor saxophone, sopranino saxophone

Vladimir Tarasov-drums, percussion

Mark Dresser-bass


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UPC: 825481507226

Label: ESP
Catalog ID: ESPDISK 5072CD
Squidco Product Code: 31782

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Studio B, on UC San Diego, California, on January 16th, 2020, by Andrew Munsey.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Lithuanian living legend Vladimir Tarasov (drums, percussion), master bassist Mark Dresser, and Larry Ochs join forces for their fourth recording since 2008, but their first recording made entirely in-studio. Mark Dresser's full arsenal of basses and electronic pickups were able to be employed in this recording made in 2020, just before Covid19 shut down UC San Diego's primo recording-studio as well as the rest of the university.

"Supergroup is old rock music terminology. I know no one in Jones Jones thinks of themselves in those terms. Nevertheless, each one of these musicians has been involved in critical groundbreaking music in important ensembles outside of double Jones. The interesting thing is if you mention the classic Anthony Braxton Quartet (Braxton, Crispell, Dresser, Hemingway), the Rova Saxophone Quartet (Ochs, Ackley, Raskin, Voigt) or the Ganelin Trio (Ganelin, Tarasov, Chekasin), despite the game-changing music produced by each of these bands, there's no guarantee that people today will make the connection. Pity, I can't stress enough just how groundbreaking those three early 1980's strands of history are to the development of the post-new wave of avant garde jazz today. Dresser, Ochs and Tarasov, otherwise known as 'Jones Jones', are no throw-back to past glories. They inhabit our millennium as contemporary Global nomads. They each have homes, they chose to travel." --- Steve Day in SandyBrownJazz.co.uk (review of The Moscow Improvisations)

Performing entirely improvised music, every Jones Jones musical performance adds up to something unique that could only have happened within this particular trio configuration. The band performed in Europe in June/July 2008 in Amsterdam, St Petersburg and festivals in Lithuania and Latvia. Jones Jones also was featured at The 2009 Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, California. The group then returned to Europe for the Moscow Bienniale in 2010, where its show was recorded live. That recording was released in late April 2016 by the CD label Not Two and is called The Moscow Improvisations. (A first CD entitled We All Feel the Same Way was produced by the Moscow label SoLyd in time for the trio's appearance during the 2010 Moscow Biennale)... USA shows and tours occurred between 2012 and 2016. The trio performed two concerts in Moscow in 2016. "A Jones in Time Saves Nine" - a recording of pieces performed in California in 2016 - released on No Business Records in 2018."-ESP


Artist Biographies

"Larry Ochs (b. May 3, 1949, New York City) is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Ochs studied trumpet briefly but concentrated on tenor and sopranino saxophones. He worked as a record producer and founded his own label, Metalanguage Records, in 1978, in addition to operating the Twelve Stars studio in California. He co-founded the Rova Saxophone Quartet, and also worked in Glenn Spearman's Double Trio. A frequent recipient of commissions, he composed the music for the play Goya's L.A. by Leslie Scalapino in 1994 and for Letters Not About Love, which was named best documentary film at SXSW in 1998. He has also played in a new music trio called Room and the What We Live ensemble. He has recorded several albums as a leader. He formed the group Kihnoua in 2007 with vocalist Dohee Lee and Scott Amendola on drums and electronics, which released Unauthorized Caprices in 2010. He is married to the poet Lyn Hejinian."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Ochs_(musician))
2/26/2024

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"Vladimir Tarasov was born in Archangelsk, Russia.

Since 1968 he has lived and worked in Vilnius, Lithuania. For many years Tarasov performed with the Lithuanian Symphonic Orchestra and other symphonic, chamber, and jazz orchestras in Lithuania, Europe and the USA.

From 1971 to 1986, Tarasov was a member of the well-known contemporary jazz music trio - GTC (Viatcheslav Ganelin, Vladimir Tarasov, Vladimir Chekasin). With the Trio and many other artists and orchestras he has recorderd more than 100 records and CDs including numerous solo performances.

V. Tarasov also writes music for orchestras, film, and theatre: Staatstheater, Stuttgart - 1995, Majestic Theater at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York - 1995; Josef Nadj Centre Choreographique National Orleans, Orleans - 1998, 2004; Theatre Vidy-Lausanne, Meierhold Centre, Moskow - 2003; Arte France, Paris - 2006, Eudeka Media, Poland; Yleisradio, Finland - 2009, etc.

Since 1991 he has been working in the visual arts, both solo, and collaborating with artists such as Ilya Kabakov, Sarah Flohr, and others. He has participated in many one-person and group exhibitions: Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf - 1991; La Biennale de Venezia, Venice - 1993; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago - 1993; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris - 1995; Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren - 1998; Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris - 2000; Contemporary Art Center - DOM, Moscow - 2002; State Tretyakov Gallery,Moskow, The State Hermitage Museum, St.Petersburg - 2004; The State Russian Museum St.Petersburg, Ludwig Museum in The Russian Museum - 2003, 2005; National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow - 2006, 2008. 2010; Copper Smithy, Fiskars, Finland - 2006; 2nd and 3rd Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow - 2007, 2009; El Pabellon de las Artes, EXPO-2008, Zaragoza; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach - 2008, etc.

In 1999 Tarasov directed the play "Drink Up" (adapted from the poem by Venedikt Erofejev) at the Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania. On the same stage in 2002, Tarasov directed the opera "The Return of Dionysos" by Edwin Geist (1902 - 1942).

He has taught and given lectures at the Podewill Center in Berlin, the Music Academy in Bremen, and the Academy of Art, Orleans (France); the Kunst Akademie Düsseldorf; the Art Academy, Vilnius; the Art Department at California State University, Sacramento; the Department of Music at the Universtiy of the Pacific, Stockton, California; and at the Institute for Studio Studies in conjunction with the Yale University Summer Session in Pont Aven, France.

In 1993 - 1994, he received a grant from the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (Germany); and in 1998 from the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. He is the author of the book, "Trio," published by "Baltos Lankos" publishing house (Vilnius, 1998), "NLO" publishing house (Moscow, 2004), Hosei University (Japan 2016) and "Tam - Tam" published by "NLO" publishing house (Moscow, 2009).

In 2009, Vladimir Tarasov received the Triumph Prize in Moscow: Russia's independent prize for the highest achievements in literature and art. He was awarded Lithuania's National Culture and Arts Prize in 2016.

Mr. Tarasov has performed with such musicians and artists as Andrew Cyrille, the Rova Saxophone Quartet, Anthony Braxton, Lauren Newton, and Josef Nadj."

-Vladimir Tarasov Website (www.vladimiratarasov.com/vptbio.htm)
2/26/2024

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Mark Dresser is a Grammy nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collaborator. At the core of his music is an artistic obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic, musical, and expressive possibilities of the contrabass. He has recorded over one hundred thirty CDs including three solo CDs and a DVD. From 1985 to 1994, he was a member of Anthony Braxton's Quartet, which recorded nine CDs and was the subject of Graham Locke's book Forces in Motion (Da Capo). He has also performed and recorded music of Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Tim Berne, Anthony Davis, Dave Douglas, Osvaldo Golijov, Gerry Hemingway, Bob Ostertag, Joe Lovano, Roger Reynolds, Henry Threadgill, Dawn Upshaw, John Zorn. Dresser most recent and internationally acclaimed new music for jazz quintet, Nourishments (2013) his latest CD (Clean Feed) marks his re-immersion as a bandleader. Since 2007 he has been deeply involved in telematic music performance and education. He was awarded a 2015 Shifting Foundation Award and 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award. He is Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego.

- Website (https://www.mark-dresser.com/bio)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Articulating Jones 2:45

2. Bali Hai Jones 9:23

3. Call Of The Jones 6:30

4. Jones In The Sonar System 5:38

5. Jones Free Jones 4:59

6. RBG Jones 6:00

7. The Further Adventures Of Ms. Microtonal Jones 6:57

8. And His Sisters Called Him Jones 6:38

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