163

Jumpin' With Jonah Jones: Jonah Jones

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Swing trumpeter Jonah Jones was quite popular in the late 1950s when this recording was made. He had begun his professional career performing on Mississippi riverboats in the 1920s with smaller trad jazz ensembles and had moved into the big band arena early. From 1941 to 1952 Jones performed with the Cab Calloway orchestra. That exciting swing dance feeling carries over to his 1958 LP Jumpin’ With Jonah Jones, particularly with bouncy numbers such as "Just a Gigolo," "Moten Swing," "Dance Only With Me," "Slowly but Surely" and the title track. The reissue also includes numbers that represent Jones’ eclectic style, such as the Dixieland strummer "That’s a Plenty" and the slower, drawling "Ballin’ the Jack." Four tracks are bonus numbers, included from other Capitol albums.

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 | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "All My Treasures" CD/LP/Track Review All My Treasures
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 20, 2016
Read "Sea Changes" CD/LP/Track Review Sea Changes
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: February 29, 2016
Read "Bright Side" CD/LP/Track Review Bright Side
by David A. Orthmann
Published: October 31, 2016
Read "East West Daydreams" CD/LP/Track Review East West Daydreams
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 9, 2017
Read "Star-Spangled Voltage" CD/LP/Track Review Star-Spangled Voltage
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 5, 2016
Read "Bactrian" CD/LP/Track Review Bactrian
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 7, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!