Cello & Bass (3 LP on 2 CD)
  • RLP-1172
    RLP-1172
  • RLP-9358
    RLP-9358
  • RLP-9432
    RLP-9432
  • Sam Jones
    Sam Jones

Sam Jones

Cello & Bass (3 LP on 2 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Sam Jones (b, cello), Nat Adderley (cnt), Blue Mitchell (tp), Jimmy Heath (ts), Charles Davis, Tate Houston (bs), Melba Liston (tb), Bobby Timmons, Wynton Kelly (p), Victor Feldman (vib), Keter Betts (b), Louis Hayes (d)

Reference: FSRCD 765

Bar code: 8427328607650

When he made "Soul Society," his impressive leader debut on record in 1960, Sam Jones (1924-1981) was best known as the bassist in the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. But, like Oscar Pettiford, he also had cello in his armoury and used it effectively on Soul Society to showcase his ideas and assertive presence as a soloist. Surrounded by sympathetic, like-minded musicians, particularly the frontline soloists Blue Mitchell, Nat Adderley and Jimmy Heath, he also had the benefit of a fine, responsive rhythm section anchored by Louis Hayes and the soulful Bobby Timmons.

On his second leader album, "The Chant," from 1961, Jones, again on bass and cello, fronts some middle-sized studio lineups which include an on-form Blue Mitchell and Jimmy Heath at his best. Four, a Jimmy Heath arrangement, is played at precisely the right pace, with everyone caught up in its compelling momentum. The tributes, to Oscar Pettiford on Sonny Boy, and Ray Brown on I Walked Ray, are excellent, and Jones carries the melody delightfully on Blue Bird.

On 1962 "Down Home", the third album of this set, Jones features in two settings; a relatively large band arranged by Ernie Wilkins, and a chamber-sized combo comprised of his cello with flute and a rhythm section. Both swing lightly and engagingly, with Jones bass solos, direct, melodic and blues-flavoured, and his cello approach just as powerful and imaginative.



CD 1
01. Some Kinda Mean (Keter Betts) 5:49
02. Just Friends (Lewis-Kleener, arr: Jimmy Heath) 4:13
03. Deep Blue Cello (Sam Jones) 4:57
04. There Is No Greater Love (Symes-Jones) 3:41
05. All Members (Jimmy Heath) 4:11
06. The Old Country (Nat Adderley) 6:05
07. Home (Julian Adderley) 5:13
08. So Tired (Bobby Timmons) 6:17
09. Sonny Boy (Jolson-DeSylva-Brown-Henderson) 4:54
10. Bluebird (Charlie Parker) 4:10
11. Over the Rainbow (Harburg-Rose-Arlen) 6:37
12. The Chant (Victor Feldman) 3:24

CD 2
01. Four (Miles Davis) 4:23
02. Blues On Down (Benny Golson) 5:45
03. Off Color (Rudy Stevenson) 4:26
04. In Walked Ray (Sam Jones) 4:04
05. Down Home (Sam Jones) 4:08
06. 'Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk) 5:31
07. O.P. (Sam Jones) 5:07
08. Falling In Love with Love (Rodgers-Hart) 7:03
09. Come Rain or Come Shine (Mercer-Arlen) 4:05
10. Strollin' (Horace Silver) 4:12
11. Unit 7 (Sam Jones) 4:49
12. Thumbstring (Ray Brown) 4:31

Album details

Sources on CD 1:
Tracks #1-8, from the album "The Soul Society" (Riverside RLP-1172)
Tracks #9-12 from the album "The Chant · Sam Jones Plus 10" (Riverside RLP-9358)

Sources on CD 2:
tracks #1-4 from the album "The Chant · Sam Jones Plus 10" (Riverside RLP-9358)
Tracks #5-12, from the album "Down Home" (Riverside RLP-9432)

Personnel on "The Soul Society":

Tracks #1-4: Nat Adderley, cornet; Jimmy Heath, tenor sax; Charles Davis, baritone sax; Bobby Timmons, piano; Keter Betts, bass; Sam Jones, cello; Louis Hayes, drums.
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City, March 8, 1960

Tracks #5-8: Blue Mitchell, trumpet, replaces Adderley; Keter Betts out; Sam Jones, bass.
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City, March 10, 1960

Personnel on "The Chant":

Tracks #9-11: Nat Adderley, cornet; Blue Mitchell, trumpet; Melba Liston, trombone Cannonball Adderley, alto sax; Jimmy Heath, tenor sax; Tate Houston, baritone sax; Victor Feldman, vibes; Wynton Kelly, piano; Sam Jones, cello; Keter Betts, bass; Louis Hayes, drums. Arrangements by Jimmy Heath (#9 & 11), Victor Feldman (#10 & 12).
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, January 13, 1961

Track #13: Victor Feldman, piano only, and Sam Jones, bass only, replace Kelly and Betts; Les Spann, guitar, added.
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, January 26, 1961

Rest of tracks: Nat Adderley, cornet; Blue Mitchell, trumpet; Melba Liston, trombone; Cannonball Adderley, alto sax; Jimmy Heath, tenor sax; Tate Houston, baritone sax; Les Spann, guitar; Victor Feldman, piano; Sam Jones, bass, Louis Hayes, drums. Arrangements by Jimmy Heath (#1 & 3), Victor Feldman (#2 & 4)
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, January 13, 1961

Personnel on "Down Home":

Tracks #5-8: Frank Strozier, flute; Joe Zawinul, piano; Sam Jones, cello; Ron Carter, bass; Ben Riley, drums. On #6-8: Les Spann, flute; Israel Crosby, bass, and Vernel Fournier, drums, replace Strozier, Carter and Riley.
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, August 15, 1962

Tracks #9-12: Clark Terry, Blue Mitchell, trumpets; Jimmy Cleveland, trombone; Frank Strozier, alto sax; Jimmy Heath, tenor sax; Pat Patrick, baritone sax, flute; Wynton Kelly, piano; Sam Jones, Ron Carter, bass; Ben Riley, drums. On #11 & 12: Snooky Young, trumpet, Joe Zawinul, piano, replace Terry and Kelly, Ron Carter out. Arrangements by Ernie Wilkins, also conductor.
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, August 15, 1962

Sound engineers: Jack Higgins (CD-1 #1-8); Ray Fowler (CD-1 #9-12 & CD-2 #1-4); Ray Fowler & Ed Powell (CD-2 #5-12)
All recordings produced by Orrin Keepnews in collaboration with Cannonball Adderley
This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
© 2013 by Fresh Sound Records

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas, S.L.

Press reviews

-The Soul Society

"Bassist Sam Jones' debut as a leader resulted in one of his finest recordings. On four of the eight selections on the CD reissue of his Riverside set, Jones is well featured on bass while the other four numbers find him playing very effective cello. The uncredited arrangements for the groups are uniformly excellent and there is solo space for cornetist Nat Adderley, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, Jimmy Heath on tenor, baritonist Charles Davis, and pianist Bobby Timmons. The repertoire is superior, too, with highlights including the debut of Adderley's "The Old Country," a fine jam on "Just Friends," Keter Betts' "Some Kinda Mean," Jones' bowing on "Home," and Bobby Timmons' "So Tired." Actually all eight selections are memorable on this highly recommended disc."


-The Chant

"Bassist Sam Jones's Riverside recordings have long been underrated. This CD reissue features Jones on bass and cello for four songs apiece with a particularly strong supporting cast including cornetist Nat Adderley, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, trombonist Melba Liston, altoist Cannonball Adderley (who only takes one solo) and Jimmy Heath on tenor; Victor Feldman and Heath provided the colorful arrangments. Highlights include "Four," "Sonny Boy," Jones's "In Walked Ray" and "Over the Rainbow" but all eight selections in this straightahead set are rewarding."


-Down Home

"Bassist Sam Jones, always best known for being a sideman (most notably with Cannonball Adderley's Quintet), recorded three superior Riverside albums as a leader during 1960-62 [...] This particular one, the third, features Jones on bass and cello in several settings. Four selections (including Horace Silver's "Strollin'" and "Unit Seven") are with an all star nonet/tentet while four others showcase Jones's cello in quintets with either Les Spann or Frank Strozier on flute and Israel Crosby or Ron Carter on bass. This is excellent hard bop-based music, but it would be another 12 years before Jones had his next opportunity to be a leader."

—Scott Yanow (All three from the All Music Guide)

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