On the international side of things bassists predominate: À l'improviste, by the duo of Phillips and Léandre, Dresser's duo with pianist Denman Maroney on Live in Concert and the late Peter Kowald with Vinny Golia called Mythology. Jones' connections with the French improvised music scene are also apparent in the recent While You Were Out, a brilliant trio of sound-singer Catherine Jauniaux, Phillips and Rothenberg recorded at Instants Chavirés and a stellar solo performance by Phillips called Portraits.
Some of the very finest moments, though, are the meetings in Israel between touring musicians and the local community. Joëlle Léandre's Live in Israel is a two-CD set that matches a solo CD with a series of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem encounters with a duo, a trio and a sextet that variously include the keening voice and oud of Sameer Makhoul as well as Jones, reed players Assif Tsahar, Steve Horenstein, Shibolet and drummer Haggai Fershtman, another regular contributor to these projects. Jones, Horenstein and Tsahar are also among those joining another giant of European free jazz, drummer Günter Baby Sommer on Live in Jerusalem.
Jones is now launching a Kadima Triptych Series, ambitious sets that match a CD with a DVD and an expanded text. The first is a multi-media documentation of Dresser's solo bass work while the second Triptych is devoted to a work that's at the heart of Jean-Claude's philosophy, the Deep Tones for Peace Project, bridging time, space and nations. It documents the piece "SLM" by Dresser and Sarah Weaver simultaneously played in Jerusalem and New York through a television hook-up in April of 2009. The ensemble of 13 bassists includes Jones, Dresser and Phillips and spans nations, styles and generations to include William Parker, Bertram Turetzky, Trevor Dunn, Henry Grimes, Lindsey Horner, Irina-Kalina Goudeva and Rufus Reid. It's emblematic of Jones' vision, forging strong ties between the Israeli improvising community and like-minded musicians around the world.