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Album Review

Oliver Jones was one of the busiest artists working for the Canadian label Justin Time during the 1980s and 1990s, but one duo session recorded in 1986 with bassist Skip Bey was evidently abandoned or forgotten. Five tracks from that session are intermingled with their 2001 studio reunion, which also seems to be Jones' swansong since he has retired from his long career as a musician. Regardless of the reason that it took so long for this CD to be completed, Jones is dazzling in his swinging treatments of time-tested standards with Bey's big-toned bass along for the ride. Jones hardly limits Bey to a timekeeping role, as the bassist has a number of great solos as the pianist ducks out, occasionally feeding him with a few choice chords. The burning take of "Perdido," the heartfelt treatment of "I Remember Clifford" (with Bey's warm arco bass), and the inspired rendition of "I'll Remember April" (with a hilarious detour into Grofé's loping "On the Trail") are all highlights of this intimate pair of duo dates. If this is truly Oliver Jones' final CD, it is a performance that will stand the test of time.

Customer Reviews

A Must Have

If you like piano jazz no collection would be complete without this record. The feeling, the detail for melody, these guys rock (if you can rock when you play jazz) Completely blown away by these guys. The Over the Rainbow is one of the best covers I've ever heard, and we all know how many have tried this classic. Give it a listen, you won't be disappointed.


I have never in my life heard anyone cover Somewhere Over the Rainbow any better than this! This whole album should be required listening for any serious piano player, or any serious musician for that matter. When I first came across Oliver and Skip in this record, I could tell that they feel the music they play. It's inspiring. Honestly, a must have for anyone that loves keys.


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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Then and Now, Oliver Jones
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: Jun 18, 2002

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