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've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.