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 when I was tiny. My earliest memory is watching Ella Fitzgerald scat on a Christmas special when I was no older than four. Like many who are from tiny towns, my first extended exposure was listening to the high school jazz band when I was a kid
I was first exposed to jazz when I was tiny. My earliest memory is watching Ella Fitzgerald scat on a Christmas special when I was no older than four. Like many who are from tiny towns, my first extended exposure was listening to the high school jazz band when I was a kid. For some reason I remember an arrangement of Hey Jude they did. My first real exposure was Stan Kenton in the Smithville, MO high school gym. Kenton and the band director there were old friends, so he would play there from time to time. My dad took me without telling me where we were going and it was the only show he ever took me to. I remember that Bobby Shew played Send In Clowns and I damn near levitated I was so excited. The huge sound and amazing chords floored me. I believe I was 13 at the time. I immediately started practicing and taking lessons. Music became a passion and nearly a career. I also listened to Dick Wright's Jazz Show on KANU every night. I can't even start to explain what I learned lying in bed listening to Dick talk about jazz. I met him once when I was struggling to put together a solo for Joy Spring playing in a combo at KU. Stopped by his office and asked for recommendations. He showed up at my jazz ensemble rehearsal the next day with a tape with example solos. What a kind man Dick Wright was.
My advice to new listeners is to stop worrying about what music is important and focus on music you like. I spent quite a bit of my music life listening to important music I didn't necessarily like. Must say I have quite a bit more fun now listening to music that I deeply enjoy. Some of it is even important.
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