The Splendid Mr. Jones · Trio & Solo
  • Swing M.33.3336
    Swing M.33.3336
  • GNP-27
  • Jimmy Jones
    Jimmy Jones

Jimmy Jones

The Splendid Mr. Jones · Trio & Solo

Fresh Sound Records

Jimmy Jones (p), Joe Benjamin, Billy Hadnott, Al Hall, John Levy (b), Roy Haynes, J.C. Heard, Denzil Best, Bill Clark (d), Al Casey (g), Lynn Warren (vcl)

Reference: FSRCD1134

Bar code: 8427328611343

James Henry Jones (1928-1982) was born in Memphis but spent his formative years in Chicago. “I always liked music,” he said. “Guess that was only natural as my father was a choir director and my mother played a little piano.”

His first attempt at creating music was at the age of 13 when he started playing the guitar. Later, Jimmy became interested in harmony and began experimenting at the family piano at the age of sixteen. During his formative years, Jimmy Jones developed a deep appreciation for two influential figures in jazz: Art Tatumand Duke Ellington. He had a natural ability to play the right chords and provide accompaniment for singers in the ensembles he worked with. Gradually, he developed the necessary technique and became a proficient pianist.

Jimmy Jones first gained attention in 1943 at Chicago’s Garrick, playing with Stuff Smith. His intense expression accompanied a technical skill at the piano that was bound to capture the listener's attention, whether alone or in combination with others. This talent proved to be a great asset when, later that year, he moved to New York and became exposed to the vibrant jazz scene on 52nd Street.

Primarily occupied by his celebrated and continuous work as an accompanist and arranger for Sarah Vaughan, as well as many other great voices, Jimmy Jones had limited opportunities throughout his career to showcase his remarkable abilities as a soloist. Thus, the recordings featured here serve as a testament to his uncanny ability to strike a delicate balance of restraint and richness, showcasing his nuanced playing and artistic mastery as a highly sensitive musician.

The genesis of his chordal style is the story of his musical beginnings, and it is through this journey that “The Splendid Mr. Jones” leaves an indeliblemark on the history of jazz and piano performance.

—Jordi Pujol

01. Easy to Love (Cole Porter) 3:13
02. Little Girl Blue (Rodgers-Hart) 3:44
03. Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn) 3:51
04. Just Squeeze Me (Ellington-Gaines) 3:50
05. My Funny Valentine (Rodgers-Hart) 3:43
06. Good Morning Heartache (Higginbotham-Drake-Fisher) 3:42
07. Moonlight in Vermont (Blackburn-Suessdorf) 2:39
08. London in July (Duke-Kahn) 3:12
09. Autumn in New York (Vernon Duke) 2:45
10. Cool in Cuba (Jimmy Jones) 3:03
11. New World A-Comin’ (Duke Ellington) 2:48
12. Lazy River (Carmichael-Arodin) 2:36
13. When I Walk with You (Ellington-Latouche) 3:27
14. Empty Space (Renfrow) 2:36
15. Zigeuner (Noel Coward) 2:29
16. What’s New? (Burke-Haggart) 2:54
17. I’ll See You Again (Noel Coward) 2:58
18. Mad About the Boy (Noel Coward) 2:56
19. Someday I’ll Find You (Noel Coward) 2:43
20. Clair de Lune (Claude Debussy) 3:31
21. Lover Man (Davis-Sherman-Ramirez) 3:15
22. New York City Blues (Duke Ellington) 2:48
23. On a Turquoise Cloud (Ellington-Brown) 2:49
24. Bakiff (Juan Tizol) 3:03

Album details

Tracks #1-6, from the 10-inch album “Jimmy Jones Trio” (Swing M.33.3336)
Tracks # 7-10, from the 12-inch album “Escape!” (GNP-27)
Tracks #11-24, from 78 rpm records released on Wax Records with the following catalog numbers: 103 (#11), 102 (#12), 113 (#13 & 23), 106 (#14 & 16), 111 (#15 and 19), 110 (#17 and 18), 107 (#20 and 21), 112 (#22 and 24)

Personnel on #1-6:
Jimmy Jones, piano; Joe Benjamin, bass; Roy Haynes, drums.
Recorded in Paris, October 28, 1954

Personnel on #7-10:
Jimmy Jones, piano; Billy Hadnott, bass; J.C.Heard, drums.
Recorded in Los Angeles, 1952

Personnel on #11:
Jimmy Jones, piano; John Levy, bass; Denzil Best, drums.
Recorded in New York City, 1947

Personnel on #12-15:
Jimmy Jones, piano; Al Hall, bass; Denzil Best, drums (on #12); Bill Clark, drums (on #13 & 14); Al Casey, guitar (added on #12); Lynn Warren, vocals (on #14).
Recorded in New York City, 1947

Tracks #16-24:
Jimmy Jones, solo piano.
Recorded in New York City, 1947

Liner notes written by Jordi Pujol
Original recordings produced by Charles Delaunay (# 1-6),
Gene Norman (#7-10) and Al Hall (#11-24)
Cover photo: Jimmy Jones and bassist John Levy (1947)
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol
© 2023 by Fresh Sound Records

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