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Album Review

Since bassist Ray Brown is aboard for Oliver Jones' trio set, and his presence often results in pianists sounding a bit like Peterson (think of Gene Harris and Benny Green when they were members of Brown's groups), the shadow of Oscar is felt throughout the date. Drummer Jeff Hamilton (who toured with Peterson) also fits very securely into the style. Oliver Jones is heard in superb form, with his versions of "If I Were a Bell," a thoughtful "I'm Thru With Love," "Without a Song" and "My Romance" being among the highlights. In addition to five familiar standards, Jones performs six of his originals (two blues and four melodic pieces), and it is on those numbers that he tends to sound most individual. This strong straight-ahead session, as with all of Jones' Justin Time recordings, is easily recommended.


Born: September 11, 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 Jones has...
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Have Fingers, Will Travel, Oliver Jones
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: Sep 04, 1997

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