Archive for October 26th, 2013

Mike Jones – Plays Well With Others

Pianists generally use the left hand for chords and the right for melody. That’s why when you watch one play, the hands cross when the lead is played on the lower keys. Thus, the term “two-handed” refers to one who makes full use of the entire range of the piano, and is as skilled with the left hand as with the right. Mike Jones is such a musician, employing pre-World War II jazz styles known as stride and swing.

Plays Well With Others (Capri Records, 2013) by the Mike Jones Trio presents interpretations of 11 popular songs, as well as two originals. With Jones are bassist Mike Gurrola and drummer Jeff Hamilton.

“Box Viewing Blues” is one of two Jones compositions. It’s a playful, sassy piece. The trio is tight, and Jones’ dexterity comes through. There are songs that put you in a good mood, and there are songs that seemingly have the power to heal wounds and bring dead plants to life. This is one of the latter.

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