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CD/LP/Track Review

Jonah Jones Quartet: Jumpin' With Jonah (2000)

By Published: January 20, 2003
Jonah Jones Quartet: Jumpin' With Jonah Hey, who’s that swingin’ that horn? That sounds like Pops!

Well, though Jonah Jones and Louis "Pops" Armstrong were contemporaries, the comparisons stop there.

Actually, Jonah and Louis do sound alike. And on this album (which takes its title from Jones’s third LP, but which is here reissued with some additional tracks), Jones puts his bell mute to many of the same songs Satchmo was known for, such as "A Kiss To Build A Dream On," "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?" and "BillBailey (Won’t You Please Come Home)," many of which he sings on as well, just like Armstrong (though which a much clearer, less raspy voice). In fact, Jones noted Armstrong often as an influence, alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Bunny Berigan.

Though somewhat tight and pinched, Jones’s sound is swinging and peppy, as accessible and fun now as it was when he played with the likes of Jimme Lunceford and Cab Calloway. From the oddly quick pacing of "Slowly But Surely" to the plodding pops and rolling runs of "Night Train" and the stretched-out phrasing of "Just A Gigolo," Jones offers a variety of moods from mellow to madcap and shows why he is considered one of jazz’s most noteworthy nonagenarians.


Track Listing: 1. No Moon at All 2. Baby Won't You Please Come Home 3. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home 4. Blues Don't Care Who's Get 'Em 5. Jumpin' With Jonah 6. Just a Gigolo 7. It's a Good Day 8. Dance Only With Me 9. Lots of Luck Charley 10. Kiss to Build a Dream On 11. That's A-Plenty 12. Moten Swing 13. Slowly But Surely 14. Night Train 15. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? 16. Ballin' the Jack

Record Label: Capitol Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream



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