Sunday, November 09, 2008

Boogaloo Joe Jones - Right On Brother (Prestige, 1970, 2008)

With a pair of famous drummers already sporing the Joe Jones moniker (Papa Jo Jones with Basie and Philly Joe Jones with Miles Davis) soul jazz guitarist Jones wisely chose a stage name that let people know exactly what he was all about - bluesy, soulful jazz guitar. While Jones never built up a following akin to Grant Green or any of the other soulful guitarists of the period, this album shows him to be a fine player, particularly on the uptempo pieces like the feverish "Poppin'" which is taken at a very fast pace and is a fun and effective performance. "Right On" and "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" also work well, with Jones getting ample support from Rusty Bryant on alto and tenor saxophone, Charles Earland on Hammond B-3 Organ, Jimmy Lewis on bass and Bernard Pretty" Purdie on drums. This is a solid slice of R&B influenced jazz and will be a welcome reissue amongst partisans of groove jazz.
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