Jumpin' With Jonah Jones: Jonah Jones
The bassist and drummer with Jones on these albums were part of his regular trio; Hank Jones appeared as a guest. The pianist’s distinctive improvising complements the trumpeter and leaves much to pique the listener’s interest, particularly on "A Kiss to Build a Dream On." Hank Jones can be heard on "That’s a Plenty" providing the tailgate trombone part (on piano, of course). Both pianist and drummer have stellar solos on that number, while the bassist John Brown gets his moment in the spotlight on "Ballin’ the Jack." Elsewhere, he and his rhythm trio partners provide solid swing era accompaniment for the leader.
Jonah Jones was an entertainer who connected with the audience through lovely melodies that he both sang and played on trumpet. Continuing to perform after retirement age, Jones was still leading his quartet in the 1980s. His final performance was in November 1999 during a Jazz Foundation of America benefit concert at the Blue Note club in Greenwich Village, New York. Jones passed away on April 30, 2000. He was 91.
Track Listing: No Moon at All; Baby, Won
Personnel: Jonah Jones- trumpet, vocal on "Baby, Won
Record Label: Capitol Records