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Recorded Hunter died was trained by Josiah Waddle, the first African American musician to organize a band in Omaha, around Hunter's bands p Count Basie - Splanky. Coleman Hawkins and Harry Edison. Jo Jones - Wikipedia. A band leader and pioneer in jazz percussion, Jones anchored the Count Basie Orchestra rhythm section from to He was sometimes known as Papa Jo Jones to distinguish him from younger drummer P In addition to that book, my previous post, Papa Jo Jones contains a wealth of information about him.

Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones

More about additional resources later in this post. On the other hand, if you are seeking to understand Papa Jo Jones the man, along with his views on a myriad of topics then this book is a treasure. And as you come to understand him you may get a glimpse into how he came about and what molded him. I would like to add the Editor's Notes, which comprise 28 pages of invaluable information that is like the Rosetta Stone for the preceding sections.

Of the principals involved in creating this book, the editor - Paul Devlin - never met Papa Jo in person.

That does not diminish his importance because transcribing and making sense of the interview tapes were daunting tasks. That is not to say that Albert Murray's interview sessions were easy either.

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For a taste listen to the interviews that Milt Hinton conducted with Papa Jo on this page. Milt and Jo went way back and Milt also knew a lot about his family, yet Jo Jones had moments of evading or deflecting. Plus his accent - known as Locust Valley Lockjaw after an upper class section of Long Island - takes some getting used to if you are not familiar with that particular accent. The Rifftide section is what will separate those who are seeking knowledge from those who are seeking facts.

The writing especially if you hear it in Jo's voice is akin to receiving enlightenment from Yoda.

Rifftide: The Lifeand Opinions ofPaoa Jo JonesAs Told To Albert Murray | Modern Drummer Magazine

You know there are important lessons in the words, but those lessons seem to be doled out in some oblique manner. What I got from this section is how well read Jo was, and that he was an astute observer who could synthesize a wide array of facts and observations into some unified philosophy and way of life.

That same gift for synthesis, I am sure, enabled him to make not just one - but two - major contributions to the art of drum kit playing. He moved time to the hi-hat and did things that that piece of the drum kit that nobody before him could have conceived; he took the art of brush playing to a level that is still part of every jazz drummer's vocabulary. I was also gratified to read his mention and acknowledgement of Wilson Driver , his teacher, in the book.

The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones

Driver was conspicuously missing from any mention in The Drums! Strangely, there is no mention of Manzie Cambell whom Papa Jo considered to be the world's greatest drummer in The Drums! Another thing that struck me was his love of books and voracious reading habits, which was not only indicative of an amazing intellect, but probably alienated him from his peers, especially in later life.

I am sure he lived in a world apart from others. One clue was his own statement that he did not know there were racial differences until he was Would you also like to submit a review for this item?

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Preview this item Preview this item. The work is derived from a collection interview recordings made by jazz writer Albert Murray during the nineteen seventies and eighties and provides a deeply personal narrative of the life and times of a jazz musician in the twentieth century. Read more Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.

Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Reviews Editorial reviews. Publisher Synopsis "Albert Murray has helped keep the incomparable Jo Jones alive through the voice of Count Basie in Good Morning Blues and fictionally in The Magic Keys, but in Rifftide, thanks to the persistence of editor Paul Devlin, we get to hear Jo himself in all his dynamic, adrenalized, anecdotal, no-bull glory-riffing with words as heartily as he did on the hi-hat. User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.


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