Percy Jones is a well known name amongs jazz and fusion fans, what with his work in Brand X, as well as some time with Soft Machine and the poetry rock group The Liverpool Scene. He’s also recorded with the likes of David Sylvian, Brian Eno, Steve Hackett and Richard Barbieri amongst many others. But now he’s back with a new group.
MJ12 are named after the committee allegedly formed to suppress knowledge of the Roswell UFO Crash – Majestik 12, which was supposedly a group of 12 scientists and engineers assembled in the late 40’s to investigate UFO’s. Or the J could be for Jones and the M for Moses. After all, the band themselves came about after Jones and Stephen Moses had been doing improv gigs and after a while started using David Phelps and Chris Bacas on a regular basis. They started writing material and then went in to the studio and recorded it over 2 days.
The other band members also have pedigree, having performed with John Zorn, The New York Hieroglyphics, the Glen Miller Band, and Buddy Rich’s Big Band, so there is no doubting their pedigree, and they play up a storm here. The sax work of Chris Bacas is a particular highlight and anyone who thinks fondly of Brand X will find a lot of music to enjoy here, as they power through some fine fusion with “Magic Mist” and “The Wow Signal” the highlights first time out of the box.
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