Saxophonist Jeff Jones writes and performs music from a global perspective. After many years as a sideman for some of Arizona's best bands, Jeff struck out on his own in 1997 with the CD "Mosaic" which was made up of originals and covers of songs done in world styles. Samba, Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz and Reggae all influence Jeff's writing and song choice.
Jeff was first attracted to Samba and Bossa Nova musical styles when he had the opportunity to perform with various Latin groups in Phoenix. It wasn't until a chance meeting with Brazilian drummer Miro De Sa in 1997 resulted in a studio collaboration however that Jeff's love affair with Brazilian music began in earnest. "Miro taught street samba in Rio where he was born so I hired him to arrange the drums and percussion for Na Tonga, the opening song on Mosaic." Na Tonga received national airplay in 1998 hitting #12 on the Gavin Charts.
Jeff has now turned his sights on the classic Bossa nova instrumentation and latin jazz arrangements. His latest CD is titled "Invitation" and features some of the finest Latin jazz musicians in the Phoenix and LA area. If you love latin jazz with a contemporary approach, but respectful to the legacies of Tito Puente and Cal Tjader, you'll love Jeff Jones and Mosaic's newest "Invitation" !
|POSTED BY: EricLawrence||POSTED ON: 01 Aug 2008 02:47 PM|
“Invitation” is an excellent contemporary Latin jazz album from Jeff Jones and Mosaic. Jones, the leader of the group, is a saxophonist by trade and adds a smooth jazz element to the Latin jazz feel. His backing band, Mosaic, is incredible, tight and each member is held in high esteem in the Latin jazz circuit of the Southwest. Mosaic brings their wonderful talents on piano, flute, bass, and drums. Each member gets their solo opportunity, their time to lead the band and they all shine in their roles. “Invitation” is full of unselfish, improvisational and fun tracks. The underlying Latin feel of each song will give even the most unlikely of characters the urge to dance. The record is polished and crisp, with each note from each instrument sounding firm, compelling, and excellent. “Morning” opens things up with that classic and danceable Latin jazz sound with great piano and flute lines that gives you a feel for the entire album. “Favela” has a great layering of sounds with the Latin-infused piano, drum and flute, pauses a moment for a great drum solo, then picks up right where it left off. With “Invitation,” Jeff Jones and Mosaic have created a great collaborative album full of Latin flare and intense solos from every instrument in the same vein of predecessors Tito Puente and Cal Tjader. Any fan of contemporary Latin jazz or, simply, any jazz fan, should add “Invitation” to their collection.-Chris & the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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