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Mike Jones Trio: Plays Well with Others

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Pianist Mike Jones not only Plays Well with Others, he plays well--period. Using a sharp, two-fisted style that hearkens back to Dave McKenna, Dick Hyman and even Earl Hines, undergirded by a buoyant melodicism worthy of Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan or his namesake Hank Jones, it's clear there's not much that Jones can't accomplish musically with keyboard in hand. And when the “others" he is playing with are bassist Mike Gurrola and drummer Jeff Hamilton, so much the better. Gurrola represents a step up from Jones' “regular" bassist, the magician Penn Jillette, with whom “Jonesy" (Jillette's pet ...

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Mike Jones: Plays Well With Others

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Pianist Mike Jones has got a really sweet deal going. He is the opening act for the Penn and Teller Las Vegas Show. He is also now the heir apparent to the late pianist Gene Harris' commanding style of two-handed keyboard barrel housing. Harris was a master of propulsive and deliberate piano playing. He had all the firepower needed to make whatever he played: ballads, blues, jump tunes, up-tempo, no matter, when Gene Harris played something, you knew it was Gene Harris. Jones possesses this same skillfulness at the keyboard, what Harris once called being, ..."a blues player with chops. ...

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Mike Jones: Mike Jones Stretches Out (in Las Vegas)

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I read while listening to music, as many people do. I read lots of different things: sports magazines, novels, email, psychology research papers. I love to do this, and it isn't often I listen to an album that distracts me from my reading simply by what it presents. This album was an exception, however.

I also listen to these albums as I write their reciews, so if there's a disjointed thought read here...well...forgive me.

Mike Jones is the first Jazz Pianist I have ever really listened to. His style is fun and intriguing. He ...

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Mike Jones: Mike Jones Stretches Out (in Las Vegas)

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I read while listening to music, as many people do. I read lots of different things: sports magazines, novels, email, psychology research papers. I love to do this, and it isn't often I listen to an album that distracts me from my reading simply by what it presents. This album was an exception, however.

I also listen to these albums as I write their reciews, so if there's a disjointed thought read here...well...forgive me.

Mike Jones is the first Jazz Pianist I have ever really listened to. His style is fun and intriguing. He has an ...

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Mike Jones: Stretches Out

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Mike Jones resides at the end of a piano lineage that includes Dick Hyman, Dave McKenna, Dick Wellstood, Ralph Sutton, and Art Hodes. All of these pianists I consider to be “full service" players. They are full service in the respect that they are fluent in most, if not all, jazz and popular styles and all possess a well-stocked repertoire of tunes. They invariably become regulars at traditional jazz functions and all have superb left hands. They are keepers of the flame, those artists not so interested in innovation as intelligent and fun reconsideration. Mike Jones Stretches Out ...

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Mike Jones: Live At Steinway Hall

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Pianist Mike Jones is throwback musician. His music is a vestige of a time when stride and swing piano co-existed in jazz. This record made at Steinway Hall in 1997 is about a man, just one solitary man working through some classic tunes. Played any other way, making this a duo, trio, or quartet record would conceal his massive chops. Jones’ talent at the two-handed approach calls to mind Teddy Wilson, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, and of course Art Tatum. He chooses Sammy Kahn, Rodgers & Hart and Oscar Peterson as examples of songsmiths that have made an everlasting impression ...

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Mike Jones: Live at Steinway Hall

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Buffalo native Mike Jones clearly has listened to and learned from them all, Erroll Garner, Willy “The Lion" Smith, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, Teddy Wilson, and Art Tatum, especially Art Tatum. The arpeggios and the emphasis on the melody-driven right hand reminds one of the master pianist. Not only is a pianist known by those who influenced him, but also by the songs he plays. On this album, all but one of the tunes are classic entries in the Great American Songbook. The one exception, Oscar Peterson's “Kelly's Blues" doesn't seem out of place at all. “Listened" and “learned" are ...



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