International Songwriting Competition semi-finalist
Dave Jones has reached the semi-finals of the International Songwriting Competition with the track 'Welsh Rarebit' from the Dave Jones Quartet album 'Resonance', which was selected by the competition judges from a total of 18,000 entries across the globe. The large panel of judges includes Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, Danilo Perez and Jean-Luc Ponty, amongst numerous other artists from the worlds of rock, pop, and folk, together with record company executives from the USA and UK. There's a new interpretation of the track 'Welsh Rarebit' on the new 'LIVE at AMG 2014' album by the Dave Jones Quartet, which is also avaialble here at Jazzcds.
4-star review of 'Live at AMG 2014'
There's a great 4-star review of the launch gig for the new 'Live at AMG 2014' CD by the Dave Jones Quartet on the JazzMann website, and also here in the reviews section of the Dave Jones pages on Jazzcds.
The review also takes a look at the new CD itself.
BBC Radio Ulster 'Jazz Club' interview
Pianist/composer Dave Jones will be interviewed on BBC Radio Ulster's 'Jazz Club' programme on Sunday evening at 7pm, when several tracks from the DAVE JONES QUARTET's new CD - LIVE at AMG 2014 will be featured.
to the programme here
New live CD - DAVE JONES QUARTET
Tuesday 9 December sees the release of the new DAVE JONES QUARTET CD - LIVE at AMG 2014 (launch at Dempsey's in Cardiff)
Aberjazz Festival and Ajani Jazz
Pianist/composer Dave Jones will be appearing with the Kevin Lawlor Trio in August at the Aberjazz Festival (Wales), and also at 'Ajani Grill and Jazz' in London.
Dave Jones Ireland dates
Welsh pianist Dave Jones will be performing several times in Ireland in 2013, with dates at the Waterford and Wexford Arts Centres in April with a new Miles Davis Tribute Quartet (see his forthcoming gig dates on Jazz CDs), and in July at the Rosslare Jazz Festival in a trio format (date tbc shortly).
Jazz Journal profile
See editor Mark Gilbert's profile of Dave Jones in the Nov 2012 issue of Jazz Journal:
"he imbues the familiar with freshness
by dint of sheer musicality and melodic gift"
"a set dominated by swinging post-Blue Note tunes that are
exemplars of musical logic, integrity and effective variation, aided in no small part by the similarly well sculpted work of saxophonist Lee Goodall"
"Dave Jones’s melodic and narrative gifts
can be heard in abundance on Resonance
Great review of 'Resonance' in 'R2' magazine
There's a great review of the new 'Resonance' album by the Dave Jones Quartet in the Sept/Oct issue of 'R2' magazine.
N.B. See the full review here on Jazzcds in the artist cds section, and also in the review section.
Jazz UK review of 'Resonance'
Duncan Heining's review of 'Resonance' is in the new Aug/Sept issue of Jazz UK.
See the reviews section here for the full review.
The Independent on Sunday review of 'Resonance'
The latest review of 'Resonance' is in today's Independent on Sunday newspaper:
"There's a lightly stepping, cinematic charm to pianist Jones's outstanding compositions here, especially those featuring the Mavron String Quartet.
The catchy opener, "The Metro", could be the score to a stylish French thriller, while "5 to 3 on Friday" suggests 1960s social realism" (Phil Johnson, 29/07/2012).
London Jazz blogspot review
The latest review of 'Resonance' by the Dave Jones Quartet has been posted on the London Jazz blogspot - see the reviews section here for the full review.
"Dave Jones has produced a characteristically attractive, wholly accessible album in Resonance, ... played with panache and pep" (Chris Parker, 26/07/2012)
The latest press review of 'Resonance' by Robert Shore is in the new August issue of 'Jazzwise' magazine.
"As a pianist, he swings with the panache of McCoy Tyner on the likes of 'Welsh Rarebit', but allows space for equally characterful contributions from trumpet, trombone and flugelhorn on the same tune and 'Pushkin's Lament' (Robert Shore).
N.B. See Jazzwise Aug 2012 for the full review.
Track on 'R2' magazine cover mount CD
'Afro Celtic' (track 3 from the new 'Resonance' album by the Dave Jones Quartet) is included on the cover mount CD of the Jul/Aug issue of 'R2' magazine.
"... the Dave Jones Quartet has been pushing musical boundaries with its amalgamation of various musical styles to create a unique jazz hybrid" ('R2' magazine, Jul/Aug 2012).
'Jazzmann' review of 'Resonance', the new album by the Dave Jones Quartet
The first press review of 'Resonance' has been posted on www.thejazzmann.com (see the reviews and cds section here for the full review).
“… a carefully crafted recording that features Jones’ melodic, intelligent writing and arrangements plus some excellent playing from all the members of the ensemble. It’s a worthy addition to an increasingly impressive catalogue and, like its predecessors, deserves to be widely appreciated by the national jazz audience” (Ian Mann, 30/06/2012).
BBC Radio 3 'Jazz Record Requests' & Jazz FM's 'Sunday Jazz Jam'
Tracks from the new 'Resonance' album by the Dave Jones Quartet were featured on BBC Radio 3's 'Jazz Record Requests' (30/06/2012) with Alyn Shipton, and on Jazz FM's 'Sunday Jazz Jam' (03/06/2012) with Helen Mayhew.
The album has also had recent airtime on various radio stations in the USA and Canada.
BBC Radio Ulster 'Jazz Club' Sunday 3rd June 7pm
Three tracks from the new album 'Resonance' by the Dave Jones Quartet will be played on BBC Radio Ulster's 'Jazz Club' at 7pm on Sunday 3rd June. Dave will be interviewed on the show, talking about the new album.
'Resonance' is available from www.davejonesjazz.com , and will be available on jazzcds in the very near future.
New Website - Dave Jones
The new Dave Jones website to accompany the release of his new album 'Resonance' is now live at www.davejonesjazz.com , where you can listen to sample tracks from his Trio and Quartet albums, buy his cds and downloads, and see video footage of him performing at the Brecon Jazz Festival.
New album - Dave Jones Quartet - 'Resonance'
Following the success of his highly acclaimed 2010 trio album 'Journeys', in June 2012 Dave Jones will be releasing a new Quartet album - 'Resonance' - his most ambitious and eclectic album to date, making more extensive use of guest strings and horns, whilst successfully blending elements of jazz and folk music.
'Resonance' features the award winning multi-instrumentalist Lee Goodall on saxes, flute and guitar, together with Dave's usual trio members Ashley John Long (bass) and Lloyd Haines (drums), and guests Gethin Liddington (trumpet), drummer Kevin Lawlor (sharing the tracks with Lloyd Haines), and welcoming back the guest horns (Gareth Roberts and Tomos Williams) and strings (The Mavron Quartet) from the 'Journeys' album.
'Resonance' will be officially launched at Cafe Jazz Cardiff on 28 June 2012, following previews at a number of other venues (please see the gigs page).
Jazz CD of the week (13/08/10)
The new Dave Jones Trio 'Journeys' album is Jazz CD of the week in today's 'London Evening Standard' (see Jack Massarik's review below).
Dave Jones Trio
Though ordinary by name, Port Talbot's Dave Jones is an extraordinary pianist. He swings with a warmth, grace and vitality that recalls Horace Silver and McCoy Tyner. He also writes soulful originals and scores them skilfully for horns (Lee Goodall's tenor-sax being a notable bonus) and occasional strings. It's not surprising that guitarist Jim Mullen and flugel-hornist Nick Hill figured in his London phase years ago. He's now 46 and the promise of his 1995 debut album, Have You Met Mr Jones, is richly fulfilled by this mature release, available from jazzcds.co.uk. Jones the Piano definitely merits wider attention.