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When You Wore A Tulip When You Word A Tulip (alt. take) Lonesome Road Crazy Rhythm Somebody Stole My Gal Squeeze Me Chinatown, My Chinatown Chinatown, My Chinatown (alt. take) Coquette Confessin' Jonah's Wail Love Is Just Around The Corner Whale's Blues I May Be Wrong
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Sidney Bechet, Andre Pesiany, Benoit Quersin|
Customer Reviews (2)
- "Enormously Fine Jonah!"Review by Big Toots
Monstrous sea creatures and biblical references notwithstanding, Jonah Jones wasn’t called “King Louis II” for nothing. As Pops (and Clark Terry and many others) had done, Jones, as a young and upcoming trumpeter, plied his musical trade nautically on Mississippi riverboats. The strong Armstrong similarities didn’t end there, as you’ll experience on this enlightening Swing-heavy recording. Musically and historically delicious for 14 cuts, it displays Jones front-lined with the legendary saxophonist, Sidney Bechet for over half of it. Fine French tenor man, Alex Combelle covered the 6 earlier-recorded tracks.
The pairing of Jones and Bechet elicits an excitement that is almost palpable in swing (“When You Wore a Tulip”). From Bar One, the Armstrong similarities in Jones’ playing are omnipresent – rock-hard swing, the biting articulation expressed in terse musical statements, and the brazen explorations into the horn’s higher elevations (“Crazy Rhythm,” “Chinatown, My Chinatown,” “I’m Confessin’,” “Jonah’s Wail”). For those who might remember Jones from later recording activity – where he favored more sedated, primarily muted presentations, “Jonah’s Wail” will be an epiphany. That aforementioned regal “crown” certainly fits here. Jones even throws in a Bop-inflected lick or two for good measure.
Similarly, Bechet is effusive with his classic Hot stylings – exaggerated “vocalized” vibrato, longer and more intense sustained wails, screams and cascades (“Lonesome Road”). Already well-established as an iconic Hot and Swing jazzer, even as musical times were rapidly evolving, Bechet is on his game. Combelle shades Coleman Hawkins and Don Byas to a t and does a fine job doing so. Not much is lost on those tracks. And, with Jones a firebrand to the end, they also are superb listening.
The songbook for the date covers classic Hot and Swing standards, (“I’m Confessin’,” “Chinatown, My Chinatown,” “Somebody Stole My Gal”). The rep is the perfect musical croissant for Jones’ and Bechet’s butter. And, Brother, do they lay it on! The French rhythm sections support their American buds with great drive, if not with as much intensity as the better-known players up front (“Jonah’s Wail”).
“Jonah’s Wail” affords us the luxury to hear superior jazz performed by very Big jazz characters. So, go ahead and swallow it up! No “spitballs” here.
(Posted on 5/20/2015)
- Jonah JonesReview by Simon Sez
From 1954, Jones is heard on eight numbers battling it out with Sidney Bechet. Few trumpeters could survive such an encounter but Jones battles Bechet to a tie on really exhilarating versions of “When You Wore A Tulip” and “Chinatown, My Chinatown.” Jones is also in heated form on six numbers with the French saxophonist Alix Combelle. Put this music on for anyone who says that jazz is dull, predictable and/or too intellectual and see what they say! This music is far too exciting not to be enjoyed by everyone.
Simon Sez: Jonah’s Wail (IC7021) from trumpeter Jonah Jones with Sidney Bechet is simply one of the most exciting records ever made!
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
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