John Paul Jones Pushes Led Zeppelin’s Avant-Garde Side Even Further with New Album

Many were the distinctively avant garde touches brought to Led Zeppelin by John Paul Jones – from the ever-shifting time signatures of ‘Black Dog,’ to the eastern tinges on ‘Kashmir’ to the extended live versions of ‘No Quarter,’ which would stretch to include snippets of jazz and classical compositions.

In that way, Minibus Pimps — Jones’ highly improvisational, sometimes completely out-there collaboration with Norwegian producer Helge Sten — fits into a larger career arc. This time, however, Jones is taking his creative flights of fancy even further out to the edges. He had been working with Sten (who goes by Deathprod) together as part of the Supersilent jazz collective for some time; Minibus Pimps, which takes a more electronic bent, grew from there. Now, they’re released a debut album called ‘Cloud to Ground,’ via SusannaSonata, featuring various live experiments in sound.

Jones says these concert recordings capture something special: “It’s one thing to do it inside the studio but the energy you can get in a live situation is quite different,” he tells Quietus. “You go to different places.”

In that way, even if Minibus Pimps ultimately sounds nothing like his work with Led Zeppelin, there remains a strong connection to Jones’ most famous music. “I remember I used to do it with Zeppelin, apart from taking the solos, but there was a point in ‘No Quarter’ where I would go to a piano and literally have not much idea of what I was going to play and I’d just sit down and work out where I was going to go,” Jones adds. “Because what else can you do? I can’t just do nothing so I had to come up with something pretty quick! So I’m used to just doing stuff and Helge’s done that too, especially with Supersilent.”

The inspiration for the Minibus Pimps band name apparently derives from a song by Beijing Sound Unit, featured on the ‘The Sonic Avant Garde’ experimental music compilation.

New Music Releases – March 2014


The New Music Releases roster for March 2014 isn’t the longest list you’ll ever read, but it makes up for that brevity with some serious star power courtesy of Elton John, the Who and Rod Stewart.

The biggest release of the month is probably the slightly-late 40th anniversary edition of Elton John’s 1973 double-album masterpiece ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,’ which will be available in a variety of formats including a deluxe box set and double vinyl — yellow, of course. But frankly, the re-issue some of us at UCR headquarters are most looking forward to is the double-disc upgrade of Bachman-Turner Overdrive‘s 1974 gem ‘Not Fragile,’ which features a healthy dose of previously unreleased ’70s live cuts.

Read on for a complete list of March 2014′s classic rock releases. You can click on the highlighted titles below to learn more about many of these albums. Check out our continuously updated list of all the 2014 New Music Releases to keep up-to-date with what your favorite artists are releasing in the new year.

New Music Releases – March 2014

March 4
Jack Bruce, ‘Silver Rails
Minibus Pimps (Feat. John Paul Jones), ‘Cloud to Ground
Various Artists, ‘Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration‘ (CD/DVD/Blu-ray)

March 11
Eric Carmen, ‘The Essential Eric Carmen‘ (with new song ‘Brand New Year’)
The Who, ‘Sensation: The Story of the Who’s ‘Tommy’‘ (DVD)

March 18
Bachman-Turner Overdrive, ‘Not Fragile‘ (40th Anniversary Edition) (2-CD and Vinyl)
Dukes of September, ‘The Dukes of September Live‘ DVD
Rod Stewart, ‘Live 1976-1988: Tonight’s the Night‘ (box set)
UFO, ‘The Complete Studio Albums 1974-1986′ (box set)

March 25
Asia, ‘Gravitas
Sebastian Bach, ‘Give ‘Em Hell’
Elton John, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road‘ (deluxe editions)
Joni Mitchell, ‘Woman of Heart & Mind + Painting With Words and Music’
Lou Reed, ‘Classic Albums: Transformer + Live at Montreux 2000′
Various Artists, ‘Bob Dylan in the ’80s: Volume One
The Who, ‘Tommy’ (deluxe vinyl edition)