Mike Jones resides at the end of a piano lineage that includes Dick Hyman, Dave McKenna, Dick Wellstood, Ralph Sutton, and Art Hodes. All of these pianists I consider to be "full service" players. They are full service in the respect that they are fluent in most, if not all, jazz and popular styles and all possess a well-stocked repertoire of tunes. They invariably become regulars at traditional jazz functions and all have superb left hands. They are keepers of the flame, those artists not so interested in innovation as intelligent and fun reconsideration.
Mike Jones Stretches Out finds the Berklee-trained pianist before a Las Vegas crowd at the 2001 National Association of Broadcasters Convention. He treats his rather select audience to an engaging collection of standards. He is well versed in Stride and Swing styles and more can hold his own in Be Bop (a very cool "Whispering/Groovin' High"). His left hand is impeccable, keeping that perfect Willie-"The Lion"-Smith-time (check out his walking "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and "Sunny Side of the Street). Jones' playing is brimming with good taste and a sense of humor. I can hardly think when there will ever be too much piano music like this.
Track Listing: I Can't Give You Anything But Love; Gone With The Wind; On The
Side Of The Street; Baby, Baby All The Time; Whispering/Groovin' High;
Stares Fell On Alabama; Dream Dancing; Tangerine; How Deep Is The
The Curse Of An 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.