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Album Review

After the late Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones is likely one of the best-known pianists native to Canada. This concert was recorded in Baden, Switzerland in 1990, but wasn't issued until the spring of 2012. The pianist is joined by two expatriate Americans, bassist Reggie Johnson and drummer Ed Thigpen (who worked in Oscar Peterson's trio) for the performance and they gel together quite nicely. Jones' style has some Peterson-like flourishes at times, particularly in the opening to the breezy setting of "Falling in Love with Love" and his dazzling right hand in "Emily." The pianist's robust interpretation of Freddie Hubbard's jazz waltz "Up Jumped Spring" displays a master's touch, while his gospel roots are showcased in his energetic, extended workout of the hymn "Just a Closer Walk with Thee." Jones also excels as a composer with his deliberate, glistening blues "Something for Chuck" and his infectious, in-the-pocket "Blues for Helen." It's hard not to invite comparisons to Oscar Peterson in Jones' lyrical, thoughtful solo rendition of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight." It's only fitting that Oliver Jones concludes his set with Peterson's dramatic, gospel-drenched "Hymn to Freedom." This concert is easily one of the high points of Oliver Jones' discography.

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WOnderful!

The very first time I heard OJ was yesterday sitting in my car listening to Real Jazz on Sirius..I heard Blues for Helen, since I just lost my sister Helen last month I decided to keep listening. I'm so glad I did!! I was brought up listening to some of the greats, Oscar Peterson, Errol Gardner and Jimmy Smith! And I have to tell you Oliver Jones is awesome! Bought the entire album!
5 Stars. Rosemary Sampson

Biography

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...
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Live In Baden Switzerland, Oliver Jones
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Blues
  • Released: Nov 08, 2011

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