Published January 23, 2018 in dailyreview.com.au
DAVID JONES “STILLNESS, A MAN AND ONE INSTRUMENT”
– 11:30AM, MUSEUM GALLERY
If you are one of those people who think drum solos are indulgent bores, then this may be the drum piece for you.
Australian virtuoso drummer David Jones has worked with many high profile acts over the years, including John Farnham, James Morrison and Tommy Emmanuel. But he works a lot alone, putting percussion front and centre of his musical expression. Jones performed as part of a Frank Zappa recital at MOFO, but I saw his Stillness, a Man and One Instrument in the MONA galleries.
If you are one of those people who think drum solos are indulgent bores in which macho, hair metal numbskulls flaunt how hard and fast they can play in oh-so-predictable-ways, then this may be the drum piece for you. Much of Jones’ playing was quiet and it stopped completely several times. Any one movement didn’t last long and he used more techniques than I could count. He encouraged audience participation via claps and clicks and he was evidently in a grand mood as he mostly played with a blissed out smile on his face.