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A Class Act

Oliver Jones

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Album Review

For this CD, pianist Oliver Jones teams up with bassist Steve Wallace and drummer Ed Thigpen for a slightly more modern program than usual. Influenced by Oscar Peterson but having his own sound within O.P.'s style, Jones performs numbers by Kenny Wheeler, Bill Evans ("Very Early"), Nelson Symonds, Peterson ("Hymn to Freedom") and Thigpen, along with four of his own tunes. Recommended.

Biography

Born: 11 September 1934 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Oliver Jones was already in his fifties when he was discovered by the jazz world. He had started playing piano when he was seven and at nine, he studied with Oscar Peterson's sister Daisy; the Peterson influence is still felt in his style. Jones played with show bands and worked with pop singer Ken Hamilton (1963-1980), much of the time in Puerto Rico. It was not until he returned to Montreal in 1980 that he committed himself to playing jazz full-time. Since the mid-'80s, Oliver...
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A Class Act, Oliver Jones
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  • 8,91 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 03 September 1991

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