The complete Everest recordings of drummer Jo Jones – served up on one double-length CD! The first 12 tracks on the set are from 1958's Jo Jones Trio – a real classic from the legendary drummer, and the kind of a spare session that really lets his work on drums come to the forefront! Jo's working here with Ray Bryant on piano and brother Tommy Bryant on bass – in a mode that's got some of the soulful undercurrents of the Bryant recordings of the time, but which is also a bit more rhythmically-oriented – in a way that let's Jones' swinging skills dominate a bit more. Titles include "Jive
At Five", "Greensleeves", "Philadelphia Bound", "I Got Rhythm", "Bebop Irishman", and "Little Susie". The remaining 12 tracks on the CD are from the album Vamp Til Ready – recorded in 1960, and featuring Jones in sextet formation with Harry Edison on trumpet, Bennie Green on trombone, Jimmy Forrest on tenor, and Tommy Flanagan on piano. There's a lively swinging feel to the set – one that's somewhere between the Verve sound of the mid 50s, and the Prestige/
Swingville mode of the time. Jones' drums are a key part of the energy of the album – bristling along with a sharp-edged energy that makes even the mellow tunes relatively lively – and Jo lets the horn players get in plenty of nice licks on the set, a feature that we especially like when Forrest gets a chance to solo! Titles include "Should I", "Sandy's Body", "Show Time", "Liza", "Royal Garden Blues", "Mozelle's Alley", "Sox Trot", and "In The Forrest". Both albums produced by Raymond Scott, too!
(Out of print!)