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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Jonesy - Ricochet Pioneering In (1972-73 uk, gorgeous and luminescent fusing improvisational jazz to prog rock, 2007 release)



Formed by brothers John and Trevor Jones, this prog rock band had three albums out on the Dawn label in the early 1970s. Always racked by internal tensions, there were various musician changes along the way. 

With their three early-'70s Dawn albums fetching high (high!) prices in the collector shops, it was a good thing El took up the cause in 2007 and released a collection of Jonesy's material, titled Ricochet: Pioneering in 1972-1973, that the rest of us could afford. 

Culling tracks from their scant three LPs (1972's No Alternative, as well as 1973's Growing and Keeping Up), El put together a pretty representational spread of tunes. The band had two major facets -- thundering, King Crimson-esque prog and drug-addled psychedelia -- and both get equal billing on Ricochet. 

The title track from their debut, No Alternative, was a heavy, greasy, muscular piece of early prog, while "Ricochet" (from the same record) injects discotheque glam into the complex, surging heaviness, recalling the theme music from the sci-fi television show Space: 1999. For sheer, psychedelic exuberance, check the signature jam, "Jonesy." 
by J. Scott McClintock


Tracks
1. 1958 (John Evans Jones) - 7:56
2. Ricochet (John Evans Jones) - 5:00
3. No Alternative (John Evans Jones) - 7:40
4. Reprise (John Evans Jones) - 1:04
5. Preview (Jamie Kaleth) - 2:00
6. Questions and Answers (Jamie Kaleth) - 5:16
7. Children (John Evans Jones) - 9:00
8. Know Who Your Friends Are (Jonesy) - 6:14
9. Jonesy (Jonesy) - 11:39

Jonesy
*Jamie Kaleth - Mellotron, Piano, Vocals
*John Evans Jones - Lead Guitar, Harmony Vocals
*David Paull - Vocals, Bass (Tracks 1-4)
*Jim Payne - Drums (Tracks 1-4)
*Trevor "Gypsy" Jones - Vocals, Bass (Tracks 5-9)
*Alan Bown - Electric Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Percussion (Tracks 5-9)
*Richard "Plug" Thomas – Drums, Percussion, Vocals (Tracks 5-9)

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