Jameson Nathan Jones

Premiere: Carry me slowly by Jameson Nathan Jones by Sergio Díaz De Rojas

By Amanda Nordqvist

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Though he has previously released works that blend neo-classical piano with emotive strings and gently experimental electronica, Mississippi-based musician Jameson Nathan Jones is soon to be releasing an album focusing solely on the piano, where he set out to base each piece of the album around a one-take improvised idea. We here at Piano & Coffee are no strangers to Jones’ talent both in the electronic and acoustic genre, and could not be more delighted to get to premiere the first single off his coming album.

Showing clearly the simultaneous strength and dignified vulnerability of the piano, Carry Me Slowly begins gently, a deep breath perfectly initializing this slow descent into dreams, so organically fitting the sounds of waves like white noise, not even really in the background but ever present alongside the lovable clunks and clicks of the piano. Unhurried, the equally organic melody explores its way across the piano, like absentminded musings in a diary, measured and deliberate.

It’s not sadness that I’m feeling, more a solemnity, spreading like warmth across my chest as the piece takes off, grows suddenly in grandeur and then falls back again, as if having caught itself off guard. I am awakened back into bright reality with another deep breath, lending the illusion that maybe all this happened in a matter of seconds – a world unfolding in the short space between two breaths, like a dream that seemed infinite but lasted only moments. I am almost surprised to find that I am, in fact, not sitting right next to Jones and his piano, as for a few moments I truly felt I could have reached out and felt the tremors of the notes as they resonated all around me.

Pre-order Sanctuary Sessions on Bandcamp.

 

What Dreams May Come by Jameson Nathan Jones by Sergio Díaz De Rojas

By Blake Parker

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Jameson Nathan Jones’ new album, What Dreams May Come is a lush and atmospherically dense collection of electronic and neo-classical works. The sounds are pure and clarion from the start and recall something similar to the fantasy and sci-fi video game compositions of Jack Wall mixed with the cinematic and massive film scores of Hans Zimmer, as well as the acoustic and electronic textures of Helios and Jon Hopkins.

The album leads with the title track, What Dreams May Come, which meanders as if through planetary explorations from chord to chord with synthesized bass and breathy pad sounds accented by a sparse cello. Jones wastes no time exemplifying the electronic side of this album with this first track. However, the acoustic side of the album follows cordially with acoustic piano leading the melodic female vocals of the second track, Fallen (feat. Hannah S+umner). The album continuously bleeds in and out of either school of music – acoustic or electronic – but in a smooth and unnoticed way, suggesting that these styles are meant to be paired in the hands of Jones.

What Dreams May Come presents a beautiful and captivating collage of instrumentally intense moments with a wide range of emotional and rhythmic activity.  Every carefully crafted measure of this album supports the overarching purpose in the music, the lush and grandeur movements of each melody. In full, this album is tonally and thematically focused towards effective and nuanced storytelling, with few melodic or rhythmic tangents to provide depth to the core of the album’s presentation.

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What Dreams May Come is available at Bandcamp and Spotify

 

Piano Day 2017: Sentimental Waltzes by Jameson Nathan Jones by Sergio Díaz De Rojas

A few days ago, pianist and composer Jameson Nathan Jones released Sentimental Waltzes, a collection of three piano pieces heavily inspired by Valses nobles et sentimentales, a suite of waltzes composed and published in 1911 by Maurice Ravel.

Nathan Jones remembers being struck by the incredible craftsmanship in those seemingly simple pieces and has always wanted to create a set of his own intimate piano waltzes. Thus, his Sentimental Waltzes were born, 6 minutes of music that will make you want to travel to the early 20th century Paris. Each of these waltzes exists on its own, but the themes from each one return in the final movement to tie the whole set together, which was recorded in one take for a very raw, live experience.

Sentimental Waltzes was composed for Piano Day 2017 and recorded in one sitting at the historic First-Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurel, MS.


Stream and download Sentimental Waltzes on Bandcamp.