J.C. Jones (electro acoustic bass, live electronics)
This solo bass album is a distillation of my language, the articulation of my
voice on my instrument. It is free improvised music, focused on energy
and the moment.
This project incorporates electro-acoustic sounds and noises, groovy
rhythmical games and sporadic forays into melody.
There are no overdubs. My Lexicon machine is an inseparable companion,
allowing me to freely experiment with electronic delays ranging from
0.5 second to 30 seconds.
Track 1 and 3 were recorded live in Jerusalem on June 28 2006
with dancer Julyen Hamilton, friend and "artiste toutes categories”. More attentive ears may notice Julyen's brief vocalizing
at the beginning of the last episode of track 2.
This 19 minute performance was later edited in the studio and divided
into two nine minutes segments.
On track 1, my bass tuning (G, D, A and E flat) precipitates a spontaneous
interaction with the 5 note theme from the Steven Spielberg's “Close
Encounters of the Third Kind”.
Track 2 is composed of 18 shorter episodes, ranging from 40 seconds to
two and a half minutes, all selected excerpts from previously recorded
projects (August 2005 to August 2006). These events were cut and paste
in the studio .
Track 3 begins with the identical episode we hear at the end of track
Joëlle Léandre, la superbe sauvage, and Mark Dresser for their ongoing
support and formidable inspiration.
The magnificent Italian bassist Stefano Scodannibio. To quote Dresser,
one of the "baadest" bassists
on the planet.
Ma muse Judy, who always reminds me that there is more to life than music.
Pianist/ composer Ariel Lanyi Swedenson for his contagious enthusiasm
and his supportive dad, Gabi.
My dear Kadima Collective colleagues and the other talented musicians
and performance artists with whom I have collaborated, thus enabling
me to find my own sound.
Jerusalem, October 2006
Front cover photo by Ronen Hirsch. JC Jones at the White Night
Musical Marathon, Einav Center, Tel Aviv, June 29, 2006
Bass photo by Shelly Ben Shachar
Drawing by Keren Asaf
“Your solo cd is great. Musically it hangs together nicely.”,