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01/11/2012 Mark Gilbert, Jazz Journal profile

The quotes below are taken from editor Mark Gilbert's profile of Dave Jones from 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


21/09/2012 Trevor Hodgett, 'R2' magazine (Sept/Oct issue)

Resonance', his fourth album, features Welsh jazz pianist Dave Jones on a programme of thematically strong original compositions that are expertly played by core accompanists, Lee Goodall (saxes, flute), Ashley John Long (bass) and, variously, Lloyd Haines and Kevin Lawlor (drums), and assorted distinguished guests.

Jones is a gifted melodist. The sturdy melody of 'Afro Celtic' and the lovely, effervescent melody of 'Wexford Tune', for example, sound somewhat like traditional folk tunes, and the melody of 'The Metro' is positively entrancing. The musicianship also delights. On 'Welsh Rarebit' Tomos Williams's melancholy trumpet is beautiful and the track also features marvellously swinging piano from Jones himself, while Goodall's eloquent flute adorns 'Pushkin's Lament', a tenderly played, lyrical ballad.

The Mavron Quartet, a classical string quartet, are used to subtle effect on several tracks, their re-entry towards the end of 'The Metro' being utterly disarming. The final track, 'Ubermog', is weirdly anomalous, but refreshingly so, with the quartet sounding like a totally different band, for this is in rock or even prog rock territory with Jones pumping out funky Hammomd organ licks and Goodall - otherwise a saxophonist and flautist - rocking out on heavily distorted electric guitar.


30/07/2012 Duncan Heining, Jazz UK

Dave Jones' Quartet's 'Resonance' reveals musical growth, with several cuts utilising the Mavron String Quartet to first-rate effect and Jones' use of an expanded front line, for example on 'Pushkin's Lament', showing some real skill. Jones is developing into a very interesting composer.


29/07/2012 Phil Johnson, The Independent on Sunday

"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".

N.B. See the IoS 29/07/2012 for the full review.


26/07/2012 Chris Parker (London Jazz blogspot)

Dave Jones Quartet - Resonance (DJT005)

His “Journeys” trio now augmented by multi-instrumentalist Lee Goodall, Dave Jones has produced a characteristically attractive, wholly accessible album in Resonance, the music on it, as is usual with the Port Talbot pianist/composer, made up of relatively straightforward, often riff-based original material, played with panache and pep by a band completed by regulars Ashley John Long (bass) and Lloyd Haines (drums), the latter replaced on three tracks by Kevin Lawler.

The strings of the Mavron Quartet and – on other pieces – a brass section join Jones’s quartet on three tracks each, and bring welcome textural variety to the mix, but the album’s immediacy and power are derived from the uncomplicated directness of the compositions, which call to mind both Spirit Level in their heyday and (occasionally) McCoy Tyner’s immediately post-Coltrane output.

Goodall fires off cogent solos on both soprano and tenor, and his one-track contributions on flute and guitar are also telling, the latter in particular bringing the album to a rousing climax by perfectly complementing Jones’s feisty Hammond organ. Jones communicates most effectively in live performances, but this unpretentiously enjoyable album is the next best thing.


20/07/2012 Robert Shore, Jazzwise magazine Aug 2012

"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.


30/06/2012 Ian Mann

The following press quotes are from Ian Mann's very recent review of the new 'Resonance' album by the Dave Jones Quartet:

"… 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”

“The new album kicks off with “The Metro” … It’s a beguiling start to the album and a good demonstration of Jones’ superior arranging skills”.

"There's a simple joyousness about this piece that instantly charms the listener" (Afro Celtic)

“… a first rate composer capable of coming up with inventive and memorable themes” (Ian Mann, 30/06/2012).

N.B. Please see the cds section here for Ian Mann's full review of 'Resonance' from the 'Jazzmann' website.


01/10/2011 Simon Spillett, saxophonist

"... I was fortunate to work with the trio of pianist Dave Jones, a musician of formidable gifts ..." (Simon Spillett, Jazz UK Oct/Nov 2011).


22/10/2010 Tony Hall, 'Jazzwise'

"...proves that Welsh jazz musicians can certainly match the soulfullness of their legendary singers" ... "His tunes are really good, especially 'Nathan's' and the gorgeous title song which features one of the warmest-sounding string quartets you could wish to hear" ... "...excellent edgy tenor from the impressive Lee Goodall" ... "... the whole CD is immensely enjoyable. More please"

N.B. See Tony Hall's full length review of 'Journeys' in the November 2010 issue of 'Jazzwise' magazine.


08/10/2010 Peter Vacher, Jazz UK

'Journeys' by the Dave Jones Trio (DJT) underscores the richness of present-day Welsh jazz, Jones the piano working with strings and horns in an exhilarating assembly of originals. Plenty of action here, with trumpeter Tomos Williams, saxophonist Lee Goodall and trombonist Gareth Roberts adding muscle.


29/09/2010 Chris Parker, 'The Vortex' website

When Welsh pianist Dave Jones brought his trio (bassist Ashley John Long, drummer Lloyd Haines) to the Vortex in 2009, they closed their set with Wayne Shorter's 'Black Nile' (from the saxophonist's 1964 album Night Dreamer); that track (the only non-original on this, Jones's third recording) begins proceedings here, and it serves as a useful marker for what follows.

Inspired by a visit to Washington to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, compositions such as the self-explanatory 'Hey DC' (an upbeat, celebratory, gospelly tune) and 'Funky Thing' (on which saxophonist Lee Goodall makes one of his four contributions) emulate the trio's previous album, Impetus, courtesy of their instantly memorable, punchy accessibility (Tim Richards's Spirit Level cover similar musical territory), but with the addition of trumpeter Tomos Williams and trombonist Gareth Williams on a couple of tracks and strings (the Mavron Quartet) on the album's title-track, the band's sound palette has been considerably extended.

To the relatively straightforward vigorous assurance and tasteful funkiness of previous outings, an ability to handle various textures and moods has been added, most tellingly on the lyrical, elegant 'Journeys', which draws an almost rhapsodic solo from its composer, skilfully set against a basic but effective string arrangement. Lively, powerful but polished music from an inventive composer/leader fronting a robust, musicianly band.


11/09/2010 Keith Ames, 'The Musician: Journal of the M.U.'

Port Talbot's jazz keyboard wizard leads his group through eight cuts of instrumental improvisation, inspired by his 2009 performance at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The core performers, Dave (piano), Ashley John Long (bass) and Lloyd Haines (drums), establish the principal, cool style during Shorter's 'Black Nile'. They are then joined by Lee Goodall (sax), Tomos Williams (trumpet), and Gareth Roberts (trombone), who subtly add a wider dimension to 'Nathan's Bar' and 'Barry Island' without changing the overall feel and direction. Cerebral jazz from a growing master.


20/08/2010 Ian Mann, 'The Jazzmann' website

"This trio performance has something of the joyousness of early Keith Jarrett with Jones’s attractive melody tapping into Jarrett’s jazz meets country meets gospel vibe. Lovely."



13/08/2010 Jack Massarik, 'London Evening Standard'

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.



20/07/2009 Chris Parker, Live Review at the Vortex

The Dave Jones Trio at the Vortex, Mon 20 July 2009:

If dynamic variation and subtle felicities of touch and texture are the primary qualities conjured up by 'piano trio', however, the Dave Jones Trio (leader/composer on piano, bassist Ashley John-Long, drummer Lloyd Haines), launching their CD Impetus (see CD Reviews), fit that definition.Their material (all by Jones, except the tumultuous closer, Wayne Shorter's 'Black Nile', from 1964's Night Dreamer) ranged easily between the tastefully funky ('The Leopard'), the intensely melodic ('Stimulus') and the immediately memorable ('Welsh Rarebit'), but whatever they played, the trio addressed it in a thoroughly musicianly, considered manner, Jones displaying all the qualities that led to fellow pianist John Pearce commenting, on Jones's debut album, Have You Met Mr. Jones? (Parrot, 1996), '[He] has a fine technique, rhythmic assurance and a straight-ahead style which makes him a very accomplished pianist indeed.' Amen to that.



01/06/2009 Peter Vacher, Jazz UK

Another pianist going the own-composition route is Welshman Dave Jones whose trio album 'Impetus' (DJT) is funky at first, bass and drums going for a dance groove on 'The Leopard', ahead of the more thoughtful 'Stimulus'. 'Welsh Rarebit' is a swinger, underlining the width of Jones's compositional range and the virtues of his incisive keyboard touch.


25/01/2009 Phil Johnson, The Independent

The great piano trio resurgence continues in soul-jazz and lyrical soft-bop from south Wales. On the marvelously catchy opener, "The Leopard", Jones' piano style recalls Ramsey Lewis for easy sparkle and lilt, and Herbie Hancock for chordal invention. But over the course of the album, it's his skills as a writer rather than generic acuity that impress the most, along with the excellent contributions of twins Chris (double bass) and Marc (drums) O'Connor.


12/12/2008 Chris Parker, The Vortex website

Pianist Dave Jones's debut album, Have you met Mr.Jones? (Parrot, 1996) covered work by such composers as Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, Joe Henderson, and Hank Mobley, plus the odd standard and one original; this unlike its predecessor an all-acoustic-affair and with every track written by Jones himself except 'Postscript', a reprise of the aforementioned original from HYMMJ? 'Impetus' nevertheless covers similar stylistic ground: polished, lively post-bop with attractive, airy (even hummable), tunes.

Energetically but tastefully supported by the brothers O'Connor (bassist Chris and drummer Marc), Jones is a vigorous but elegant pianist, never flashy or glib, but none the less fluent and inventive for that; his ballads are suitably lyrical, his tone glowing and burnished, and his more up-tempo material draws suitably powerful solos from him. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable album from a sensitive but vibrant band.


01/03/1997 John Eyles, 'The Jazz Rag' magazine

"A terrific debut". "Dave Jones is a fluent, fluid and imaginative player, at any tempo". (John Eyles, Jazz Rag, 1997) - these quotes are from a review of the 1996 debut album 'Have you met Mr.Jones?' by the Dave Jones Trio.


01/09/1996 Brian Priestley, 'Musician' magazine

"... this is an excellent debut" (Brian Priestley, 'Musician' magazine, 1996) - this quote is from a review of the 1996 debut album 'Have you met Mr.Jones?' by the Dave Jones Trio.


01/12/1995 Jim Mullen, guitarist

"... a fine set which announces a great new keyboard talent who promises even greater things to come. Check it out!" (from the CD inlay notes for the 1996 debut album 'Have you met Mr.Jones?' by the Dave Jones Trio.


01/12/1995 John Pearce, pianist

"It's been my good fortune to hear Dave Jones several times in live situations, and this CD is a perfect demonstration of his ability to play with energy and inventiveness" (from the CD inlay notes for the 1996 debut album 'Have you met Mr.Jones? by the Dave Jones Trio'.


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