Darius Jones Returns with 'Le Bébé de Brigitte'
By Kato Bookbird
Jones’ focus on the human voice in his current work was made wholly explicit on 2014’s The Oversoul Manual, a tremendous achievement for any composer, with a luminous & full-house performance at Carnegie Hall to match. Responses from among those moved to listen & write: “Uncannily beautiful and riveting” (Will Layman, PopMatters); “Esoteric and enchanting” (Seth Coulter Walls, Time Out New York); “Absolutely striking .. downright masterful” (Steve Holtje, Culture Catch); “A contoured, formidable, signature work” (Britt Robson, JazzTimes); “Deeply affecting on both an emotional and a physical level” (Phil Freeman, The Wire); “One of the most ambitious albums made in the past decade. This simultaneously futuristic and primal work ranges from moving plainchant to mathematical counterpoint, from the most human of cries to the most alien of exhortations” — Andrey Henkin, The New York City Jazz Record
△ Cover Artwork by Justin Hopkins △
True communication is the point of my music. I’m exploring communication not only as an outward expression of ideas, but an inward investigation of my own motivations and inspiration. As human beings I believe we are of one soul vibrating at different frequencies to manifest our individual realities. When we get outside our comfort zones we feel the discomfort from the unknown because we don’t know where we belong, where to step. In that lack of knowing, we actually begin to surprise ourselves. We begin to open up, and our perspective widens. We see and understand things we didn’t before. I believe that this makes us more patient and compassionate, which can break down barriers of hatred and fear. These are the ideas musically at work within this album. — Darius Jones
PopMatters featured album review of 'Le Bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation)'
Darius Jones on the New Day Jazz program with Justin Desmangles / KDVS.org