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Sam Jones was a solid jazz bassist with impeccable technique, who could also swing and groove with the best of them. Most associated with his tenures with Cannonball Adderley, and then Oscar Peterson, he also went on to front his own bands and left a reputable recorded legacy as a leader. Sam Jones was born in Florida on Nov. 12, 1924, starting his career playing in local bands. By 1953 he was playing with Tiny Bradshaw , then after moving to New York in 1955 he joined up with the groups of Kenny Dorham, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk. But it would be with the Cannonballs Adderley Quintet, from 1959 to 1966, where he would establish his reputation. Paired up with stellar drummer Louis Hayes, in what has proven to be a benchmark rhythm section for being “in the pocket.” There have been few better. He also did solo projects during the early sixties and released some fine sides for Riverside, where he was able to stretch out on some of his cello oriented pieces. Jones went on to replace Ray Brown in the Oscar Peterson Trio in from 1966 to 1970


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Acceleration Due To Gravity: Jonesville

Read "Jonesville" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Bassist, composer and arranger Moppa Elliott's uniquely-titled nonet Acceleration Due To Gravity presents Jonesville a gravity- defying jazz odyssey. It pays a captivating homage to influential bassist Sam Jones by weaving a sonic tapestry which transcends the boundaries of conventional jazz. In this brief seven-track, twenty-one-minute outing, four compositions are by Elliott, with the remainder being ...


Article: Album Review

Moppa Elliott's Acceleration Due To Gravity: Jonesville

Read "Jonesville" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Whatever 'script renegade bassist/composer Moppa Elliot takes on a daily basis, he should be made to share with the rest of the world. Whatever that tonic, whatever that pill, whatever that gumbo scented elixir is, let us have it now. Elliot may not want to open up his private stash to the public, but ...


Article: Liner Notes

Joe Magnarelli: Hoop Dreams

Read "Joe Magnarelli: Hoop Dreams" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

As Duke Ellington would often remind us, music comes in two varieties, that which is good and that which is bad. This suggests that genre and category are really of little concern and that overall quality is really the defining factor in considering the validity of any musical expression. Taking this axiom one step further, let ...


Coffee and Cigarettes

Label: Nagel
Released: 2023
Track listing: Some Other Time; Lucky to Be Me; Night and Day; What Is There to Say; Detour Ahead; Peace Piece; I Wish I Knew; Haunted Heart; Sweet and Lovely; My Foolish Heart; My Romance; Tenderly; Waltz for Debby; Young and Foolish.


Drink Plenty Water and Walk Slow

Label: Harvest Song Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Highest Mountain; Witch Doctor's Chant; Drink Plenty Water and Walk Slow; I've Got a Feeling For You; My Papa's Coming Home; Talking Blues; Talking Blues (instrumental).


Drink Plenty Water

Label: Harvest Song Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Highest Mountain; The Witch Doctor's Chant (Ee-Bah-Lickey-Doo); Drink Plenty Water and Walk Slow; I've Got A Feeling For You; My Papa's Coming Home; Talking Blues; Talking Blues (Instrumental).


Boppin’ in Baltimore Live at the Left Bank

Label: Jazz Detective
Released: 2023
Track listing:
CD 1:
Baltimore Blues; Star Eyes; Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?); They Can't Take That Away from Me.
CD 2:
A Different Blues; Stella by Starlight; Deuces Wild; The Theme.


A World of Piano!

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: Cheryl; Manteca; Lush Life; Dahoud; Oleo; Juicy Lucy; For Carl: Cabu.


Article: Album Review

Clifford Jordan: Drink Plenty Water and Walk Slow

Read "Drink Plenty Water and Walk Slow" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Clifford Jordan, the iconic American jazz tenor saxophonist, has left an indelible mark on the world of jazz. Known for his dynamic playing style and innovative compositions, his album Drink Plenty Water and Walk Slow is a testament to his unparalleled musical prowess. The original album was recorded in 1974 for Strata-East as an LP but ...


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