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Live At Steinway Hall

Mike Jones

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Not every jazz artist who comes along needs to be an innovator — very few of the jazzers who emerged in the 1980s and 1990s were — but every improviser should try to develop his or her own sound. Though Mike Jones isn't innovative or groundbreaking, the acoustic swing pianist does have his own sound: one that combines a strong Oscar Peterson influence with a healthy appreciation of stride piano and pre-bop — pre-Bud Powell, pre-Thelonious Monk pianists such as Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Fats Waller, and Erroll Garner. Another thing that Jones has are impressive chops, and they serve him well on this CD, which was recorded live at New York's Steinway Hall in 1997. Playing unaccompanied solo piano, Jones brings his light touch and his appealing lyricism to such standards as "The Things We Did Last Summer," "These Foolish Things," and "Lullaby of the Leaves." And because he's unaccompanied, Jones has no problem changing tempos a lot within the course of a song — something that keeps listeners on their toes and prevents his set from becoming the least bit predictable.

Biografie

Genere: Jazz

Anni di attività: '90s, '00s

Mike Jones' style of piano playing is rooted in the two-handed mix of swing and stride one associates with the likes of Dave McKenna, who was his earliest influence. Jones studied at the Berklee College of Music from 1981-1986 and worked in the Boston area with Herb Pomeroy, Dick Johnson, and Gray Sargent. Primarily known for his work as a solo pianist, he has done one LP for Exquisite...
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