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 amazing ability to do what seems the work of 2 pianists in one recording session. Not only was I impressed with his playing enough to stop reading, but I was so taken that I would listen to the album at work during the country songs I play on the air. All of this is to say that Mike's album is fantastic. In all of the music I have ever owned (from Big Band to Big Hair Band) I have never read liner notes written, in part, by none other than the famous entertainer Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller. Anyone who enjoys the artistry of a piece well played will turn this album up a little louder, stop what they're doing and just kinda soak it in. This fourth album in the Mike Jones collection is a must-have for piano students who want to hear what can happen when you really love the game.
Track Listing: I Can't Give You Anything But Love; Gone with the Wind; On the Sunny Side of the Street; Baby, Baby, All the Time; Whispering/Groovin' High; Stars Fell on Alabama; One Morning in May/The Nearness of You/Lazy River; Dream Dancing; Tangerine; How Deep is the Ocean; The Curse of the Aching Heart
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me. As a life-long jazz lover, I eventually became a jazz educator and producer/host of a very popular jazz radio program in Los Angeles, California.
I love jazz because it is so free. I can think, feel, and dream to jazz, and it allows my mind to flow and expand, musically and otherwise. I also love jazz because it, much like other forms of music, allows opportunities to bring people from all walks of life together. What makes jazz more significant to me, though, is its historical significance; that is, how jazz served, in part, as a method of bringing communities together, a cultural/social/spiritual conduit.