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Album Review

Drummer Philly Joe Jones' debut recording as a leader, made shortly after he left Miles Davis' Quintet, starts out with his amusing but overly long monologue on "Blues for Dracula," during which he does his best to imitate Bela Lugosi. The remainder of the set (which has been reissued on CD) is more conventional, with fine playing from cornetist Nat Adderley, trombonist Julian Priester, the great tenor Johnny Griffin, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and the drummer/leader. Dizzy Gillespie's "Ow" and Cal Massey's "Fiesta" are heard in lengthy versions on the worthwhile but not overly essential release.

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Bite Your Mother Goodnight!

Who knew that Philly Joe, one of the most profound jazz drummers to have ever lived - his work with MIles Davis in the 50s is sick - had the baddest Dracula voice on record? And people believe that rap started with Sugar Hill?! You'll know better when you listen to this, and Bite Your Mother Goodnight!!

Classic example of quality Hard Bop

Not a masterpiece, but good tunes played by first rate players (any record with Johnny Griffin and Tommy Flanagan is immediately worth a listen) who are clearly having a great time playing together, this is how jazz used to be played.

Don't get me started...

Biography

Born: July 15, 1923 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

A fiery drummer and a masterful accompanist, Philly Joe Jones came to fame as a key member with the first classic Miles Davis Quintet. After serving in the Army, he moved to New York in 1947, became the house drummer at Cafe Society and played with a who's who of bop (including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Fats Navarro). He worked regularly with Ben Webster, Joe Morris, Tiny Grimes, Lionel Hampton, and Tadd Dameron (1953). Jones was with Miles Davis during 1955-1958, including the quintet...
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