An excellent hard bop trumpeter, Carmell Jones would
probably have been much better-known today if he had not
moved to Europe in the mid-'60s at the height of his career.
In 1960, after two years in the army and two years at the
University of Kansas as a music education and trumpet
major, Carmell left the midwest and became a studio
musician in California. He recorded with artists such as
Sammy Davis, Jr, Bob Hope, and Nelson Riddle. During this
chapter in the Carmell Jones success story, he was being
compared to Clifford Brown and Fats Navarro.
Carmell developed a close association with Bud Shank as a
member of his quintet