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Vacant Cavern

by Alcibiades Jones

Electric standards and eclectic originals; the devastating third album from this critically acclaimed jazz trio. This album contains funky covers of Steely Dan, Wayne Shorter, and Wes Montgomery.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pyrite Roman
2:07 $0.99
2. Road Song
3:33 $0.99
3. Any Major Dude Will Tell You
3:14 $0.99
4. Armchair Robot
4:45 $0.99
5. Footprints
4:25 $0.99
6. Venezuela
4:58 $0.99
7. Plato Blues
6:03 $0.99
8. Organized Planet
4:12 $0.99
9. Samantabhadra
10:55 $0.99
10. Brumaire
9:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Vacant Cavern" is the third full-length album from New York/Connecticut experimental jazz trio Alcibiades Jones. Alcibiades Jones is Austin Barney (Guitar), Stuart Watson (Bass, Keys, Guitar), and Alex Zanecchia (Drums). "Vacant Cavern" was recorded in “The Cave Studio” in Westwood, Massachusetts, and live on tour. It is comprised of seven original songs and (a first for the band) three covers.

The album opens with the acoustic space-bluegrass of "Pyrite Roman," a song that resolves with a furiously burrowing guitar solo by Barney, backed by Watson's accentual bass work. The bluegrass fades directly into a red-hot rendition of Wes Montgomery’s “Road Song,” recorded live on tour. Barney and Watson each deliver intelligent solos that show a keen appreciation for the original tune while invigorating the song with contemporary energy.

“Any Major Dude Will Tell You,” the Walter Becker/Donald Fagen FM radio staple here is reinterpreted as a Jaco Pastorius Trio style funk number. Next is “Armchair Robot,” a Barney/Watson original recorded live in Hartford at the famous Webster Theater.

“Footprints,” taken from the same date in Hartford, follows. This song illustrates the deep influence of composer Wayne Shorter on all three members of the band, while highlighting the group’s live, communicative improvisation.

Next is the space-metal-funk number “Venezuela,” a tribute to the spirit of that nation’s vibrant people. “Plato Blues” resolves the band’s "Greek Philosophy Blues Trilogy" begun on the groups previous two outings, 2005’s Refraction Mirage and 2007’s Freedom in the Cave. It is an open-sounding minor blues drenched in luxuriating guitar chorus.

The next two songs explore the band’s more ambient side. “Organized Planet,” like “Rockstar” from FitC, is a Watson solo piece, featuring bass, guitar, and Rhodes keyboard. “Samantabhadra” is Austin Barney’s meditative masterpiece, featuring a drone bass in seven, Tibetan chimes, and some of Alex Zanecchia’s most innovative and explosive drumming. Not to mention some crazy guitar.

The record closes with Watson’s epic funk composition, “Brumaire.” The song is a sequel to “Thermidor” from the band’s debut, and at almost ten minutes it demonstrates the group, in their personal studio, at their most free.

So far, 2007 has been a big year for Alcibiades Jones. Riding the wave of having been featured on the PBS documentary program "Roadtrip Nation 2006" last fall, the band’s music was again used by a major television network, this time on the recent A&E reality series "Sons of Hollywood” which aired spring 2007. A whopping five songs off AJ’s 2005 debut Refraction Mirage made it onto the first season of “Sons of Hollywood.”

Alcibiades Jones was first formed in 1998 in Lakeville, Connecticut, while the principle members were students at a dire and austere boarding school. Since those humble days of all night rehearsals in damp basements, the members have released two full length albums, 2005's "Refraction Mirage" and 2007's "Freedom in the Cave."

This album is for sale in CDR format, in a %100 Recycled Cardboard Arigato Sleeve, hand printed with our original artwork and with hand cut and copied liner notes. It is an environmentally friendly, independent-record-label-friendly packaging solution from Portland's own Stumptown Printers. And the best part is the music is exactly the same as you would find in plastic-sealed jewel case!

This album will be the final release by the original line-up of Alcibiades Jones. But fear not! "Alcibiades Jones IV" is coming this fall, and naturally it will be available here through CD Baby.



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