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A Thousand Small Things showcases Rodney Jones' harmonically innovative and masterful guitar style on 11 tracks that journey through jazz, quiet storm, soul, groove, and blues.

* Rodney Jones is an incredibly versatile guitarist whose playing appeals to fans of George Benson, Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery, Larry Carlton, and Herb Eillis.
* Has recorded and performed live with Maceo Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Pete Seeger, Lena Horne, James Brown, Chico Hamilton, Michael Jackson, and Jaki Byard. * Produced Lena Horne's Seasons of a Life for 0Blue Note Records.
* Instructor of jazz guitar at the Manhattan School of Music.
* Recorded best selling DVD Live at Smoke for Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
* Former guitarist for NBC on the Rosie O'Donnell Show.

"There are more than a few sophisticated jazz guitarists on the scene today. Only a handful of them, however, truly have the gift of groove. To put it another way, it is a special guitarist who can please bandleaders as varied as bebop godfather Dizzy Gillespie and funk kingpin Maceo Parker." -- Guitar Player

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 18th & Vine
  • ASIN: B002JIH8H4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'd like to say at the outset that I know Rodney Jones and am pre-disposed to enjoy his music. Still, when a new record comes along, those who know and love Rodney can't help but wonder if we'll like it because we like Rodney or if it is something we would like and buy if it were done by a stranger.

Rodney's playing is impeccable, as always. He has prodigious technique that does not get in the way of the music. He respects tradition with a quote here or a tag there but then stretches out with a spirit of harmonic adventure. Moreover, it's clear that Rodney understands the importance of the Sound. Everything sounds right--the guitar, the other instruments, the interplay between the instruments. The Sound is the thing.

Three songs are "standards" and eight originals by Rodney. As usual, he has assembled a cast of outstanding musicians in a supporting role. Lonnie Plaxico on bass is a frequent collaborator with Rodney and it's easy to hear why. Michael Kanan has a fine touch on piano. I never know what to say about drummers except that the good ones keep good time and stand out by not sticking out. Carl Allen is a good one. I saved Donald Harrison for last since I've led a sheltered life and did not know his work before this album. You may get an idea of my opinion of his playing if you know that before the CD had finished playing for the first time, I had gone on line and ordered one of his CD's. I really enjoy his robust, textured sound on alto in contrast to the bright, laser-focused sax tone that has been in vogue in recent years.

Now to the music. To paraphrase something I heard B.B. King said in an interview, there are two kinds of blues. There's the "I need something blues" and there's the "I'm reaching out my hand to lift you up blues." B.B.
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I bought this CD because I knew Rodney was a monster guitar player and MUSICIAN, so on that score I was not surprised by this outing. What I was really taken by, and what compelled me to write this review was the opening track - Barney's Blues. I was blown away by how Rodney RESPECTFULLY integrated his interpretation of Kessel, and melded that with his own killer-swinging blues.
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