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
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.