12/02/2008 Touching Extremes
"fresh material...abundant doses of elegance and refinement... confirmation of the current richness of young talents in British progressive jazz" Massimo Ricci
15/01/2008 Ian Mann 24dash.com
"All four members of the group are established figures on the vibrant South Wales scene and play in a variety of bands but this is the combination most likely to break out and find a larger audience.The tunes feature attractive melodies and strong grooves but are also full of interesting and complex ideas. The rhythms laid down by the O’Connors speak of influences such as Polar Bear and Led Bib.... even hip-hop grooves. They lay down an awesome groove on the opening title track and maintain that kind of quality for the rest of the album. I saw the group at Brecon at the time of “Alpha” and again at Jazz In The Park this year just before this album was released. I was highly impressed on both occasions and was eagerly awaiting hearing this album. “A Crow For Every Crow” lived up to my expectations and more and deserves to put the group on the national (and maybe international) jazz map. Quirky, accessible, intelligent with a high standard of writing and playing throughout. This album deserves to put the group well and truly on the jazz map.” CRITIC RATING 4 STARS
IAN MANN 24dash.com
15/11/2007 Buzz magazine
"a pointedly electric shot in the lower spine. A crow for every crow meanders through spotless mountains with what turns out to be a splendid sense of purpose."
13/12/2006 The Aberdeen Press and Journal
"One of the most innovative and exciting bands on the circuit"
10/11/2006 Welsh Jazz Society
"Definitely one to watch."
01/12/2005 Keith Tippett
"Imaginative and organic improvisation"
01/08/2005 Jazzwise Magazine
"Compositionally, the record is hip and unpredictable...What's more the players are on the money, in particular Paul Jones - a sensitive fender rhodes player on 'True Story' or blazing like McCoy on 'Sonista'. Richard Jones is also a fine electric guitarist with chops and taste to spare.....Excellent forward thinking brit jazz"
03/07/2005 Jazz Views
'[Alpha is]a harmonious landscape of considerable elegance, its cool, imaginative grooves flowing vibrantly from a seemingly bottomless well of resources and influences.'
02/07/2005 Jazz Break
'Alpha is the Debut album from forward - looking Jazz Quartet the Jones O'Connor Group. Their aesthetic is shaped by collective improvisation, creating impressive textures through deeply intuitive group chemistry. Compelling originals explore new forms, reflecting eclectic influences such as Post Rock, Minimalism and Free Jazz, while elegant ballads and fiery up-tempo grooves provide an abstract framework for dynamic and inventive playing."
02/07/2005 Cardiff University
Without doubt one of the most exciting bands on the Welsh music scene today, displaying influences from the best of the forward-looking contemporary European jazz groups such as the Cinematic Orchestra. Boasting hugely inventive and compelling originals, and capable of thoroughly dynamic and driven collective performance, the band were very well received at this year's Brecon Jazz Festival and are sure to be making waves nationally in the near future
'A melodic tapestry of simplistic beauty with each musician adding their individualism to the larger picture. Alpha is an album of diversity, self expression and creativity...9/10.'