Jo Jones

The Jo Jones Special

Fresh Sound 1600 Series

Emmet Berry (tp), Benny Green, Lawrence Brown (tb), Lucky Thompson (ts), Rudy Powell (cl, as), Freddie Green (g), Nat Pierce, Pete Johnson (p), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d)

Reference: FSRCD 1635

Bar code: 8427328616355

This was the first album the man who plays like the wind did as a leader. On four of the numbers he fronted a septet with Nat Pierce on piano. Soloists Benny Green and Emmett Berry are excellent, but if one hornman especially excels here is tenor Lucky Thompson, one of the most unjustly neglected artists in jazz. On the two magnificently robust takes of Shoe Shine Boy, the guest pianist is Count Basie, thereby reuniting, for the first time in eight years, what was the greatest rhythm section in jazz. On Caravan, there were some changes on the line-up of the septet, but throughout all the sides, the uniting personality is Jo, a master of
flowingly musical jazz drumming.

Track listing:

01. Shoe Shine Boy (first take)
02. Lover Man
03. Georgia Mae
04. Caravan
05. Lincoln Heights
06. Embraceable You
07. Shoe Shine Boy (second take)

Recorded in New York City, August 11 & 16, 1955.


$10.51  (tax incl.)

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