Jonah Jones Quartet: Jumpin with Jonah
On Jumpin' with Jonah Capital Records has cobbled together quartet sessions cut in 1958 in New York under the production leadership of Dave Cavanaugh. With the quartet at that time was Hank Jones (no relation, as Jonah was not one of the famous Jones' jazz brothers), who shows his amazing pianist versatility. Listen to Hank have some bar room piano fun on "That's A Plenty" while Jonah swings mightily on this 1909 ditty. Although not given enough credit for it, Jones could do ballad pretty well. He plays and sings the tune Louis Armstrong made famous, "A Kiss to Build a Dream" on with appropriate fervor. Jones wisely doesn't try to copy Armstrong (he didn't have the equipment), instead relying on his understated form of vocalizing. The vocal is followed by a leisurely, pleasant trumpet solo, with mute. Jones was quite adept with the mute as on "The Blues Don't Care (Who's Got `Em)" distorting his bright shouting sound with raucous growls to create an exaggerated sense of the blues.
Even though less than 40 minutes worth of music, this recommended album is important to show that one doesn't need to blaze new paths to be a significant jazz player.
Track Listing: No Moon at All; Baby, Won't You Please Come Home#; Bill Bailey (Won't You Please Come Home); The Blues Don't Care (Who Got `Em); Jumpin' with Jonah; Just a Gigolo; It's a Good Day#; Dance only with Me; Lots of Luck Charley; A Kiss to Build a Dream on; That's A Plenty#; Moten Swing; Slowly But Surely; Night Train; Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?; Ballin' the Jack
Personnel: Jonah Jones - Trumpet/Vocals#; Hank Jones - Piano; John Brown - Bass; Harold Austin - Drums
Record Label: Capitol Records