27 March 2003
Ed Jones, Seven Moments. ASC/EJQ 2002.
By Chris Parker
Having played with both Incognito and US3, saxophonist Ed Jones is no stranger to jazz-related popularity, but his latest release, Seven Moments, showcases his adherence to the core jazz values: improvisational imagination, spontaneous group interaction and propulsive power or swing.
It also highlights his growing powers as a composer and bandleader: he wrote five of the seven pieces, and his band pianist Jonathan Gee, Finnish trumpeter Mika Mylläri, bassist Geoff Gascoyne and drummer Winston Clifford is discernibly affected by Jones's dynamism and ebullient swagger as it negotiates his themes, which range from brisk hard-bop flagwavers, through free/straightahead jazz alloys, to the odd dreamy ballad.
Mylläri's two compositions, a little tricksier than Jones's but none the less
cogent, also allow the band's superb soloists the sinewy, passionate,
inexhaustibly fertile Jones and the surefooted, pure-toned Mylläri chief among
them to shine, so that the album as a whole is both hard-swinging and
delicate, a great taster for their dynamic, occasionally downright volcanic,
Chris Parker is a well-known British jazz critic.
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