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The Undiscovered Few

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Rodney Jones is a veteran guitarist who plays in the house band for Rosie O'Donnell's television show and has served as musical director for Ruth Brown and Lena Horne. But on his Blue Note debut (and fourth CD as a leader), his estimable writing and arranging skills aren't as reliable as his prior outings. Some tunes fudge the fine line between stark beauty and banality ("Dreamers in Love" and the cello-guitar duet "Through the Eyes of a Child"), some are ambitiously multitextured but lack cohesion and momentum (the Ornettish "The Message" and the Mingusian "Circus Wheel"), and too many simply fade out in lieu of any ensemble resolution. But Jones's warm tone and liquid phrases pleasantly recall George Benson on "Tradewinds," and the sprightly horn riffage on "Oliver & Thad" (as in Nelson and Jones, respectively) is an appropriate homage to those big-band arrangers. "Lesson Time" is a fleet but still funky toe-tapper, and the standard "My Favorite Things" is given an innovative arrangement that retains its sense of joyful blossoming. The youthful pianist Shedrick Mitchell is especially noteworthy among Jones's core ensemble, and trumpeter Tim Hagans blows with riveting ferocity on his cameo. --Britt Robson

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Undiscovered Few
  2. Light And Shadows
  3. Tradewinds
  4. Dreamers In Love
  5. My Favorite Things
  6. Through The Eyes Of A Child
  7. Oliver & Thad
  8. The Message
  9. Lesson Time
  10. Tears Of A Forgotten Child
  11. Circus Wheel
  12. 3rd Orbit


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  • Audio CD (June 15, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00000J85R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,047 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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