"Jo Jones, an elegant, swinging dude, always had a style of his own. When he was with us, you could hear him, feel him—everything was right there." —Count Basie
"I first met Jo Jones at the RKO Theater in Boston when I was a teenager in the early 1940s and we were friends until he passed away. He was my first influence and my major influence. He was ‘Papa’ Jo to me before they gave him that title. He was like a father to me. For drummers of my generation, Jo was the president of the drums just like Lester Young was president of the tenor saxophone. Jo loved to talk, and when he spoke it was almost as if he was playing the drums: you’d give him your undivided attention. Rifftide conveys a fine sense of his voice and the larger than life dimensions of his personality." —Roy Haynes
"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." —Gary Giddins, author of Warning Shadows and Jazz
Papa Jo Jones (1911–1985) was one of the most influential jazz drummers of all time. He played with Count Basie and his orchestra from 1936 until he entered the army in 1944, and again from 1946 to 1948. He also played on Billie Holiday’s early records. From the late forties on, Jones had a spectacular solo career, playing with Jazz at the Philharmonic and the Newport Jazz Festival, recording under his own name, and playing on albums by Duke Ellington, Teddy Wilson, Benny Carter, and many others.
Albert Murray was a cofounder of Jazz at Lincoln Center. His many books include Train Whistle Guitar and Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography of Count Basie.
Paul Devlin is a doctoral student in the English Department at Stony Brook University. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Slate, the Root, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications.
Phil Schaap has broadcast jazz on New York City’s WKCR for more than forty years. He taught at Princeton University and currently teaches at Julliard. He is the curator at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Jo Jones had a unique view of jazz in arguably it's greatest period. This man was as close to being Father Time as anyone ever was or will be. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Raymond Bruce
I agree with everything my fellow reviewers have said previously, and would like to add: the author states several times he had many hours of source tapes from Albert Murray, and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Henry B.
I witnessed Papa Joe playing brushes on the bar stools and the bar of Jim & Andy's
famous jazz Tavern..truly a marvel! Read more
This is a very interesting and easy reading documentation of one of the finest musicians ever! A must read for drummers.Published 21 months ago by Larry
This has got to be the worst! bio I've ever read! And I've read hundreds and hundreds of bios. And I'm also an ex musician myself. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Frank C. Taglieri
Very well done book about the drum Master, Jo Jones!
This man had a wise, refine and inquiet heart!
Love all the old memories that history brings.Please keep me informed about more such items.My interests are mainly in the jazz idiom.Published on February 12, 2012 by Harald W. Lewarth