December 2009

Mimi Jones Trio
A New Day
Hot Tone

Bassist Miriam Sullivan has reinvented herself as Mimi Jones, her singer-songwriter alter ego cast in something of a Cassandra Wilson-meets-Patrice Rushen vein, with a little bit of Esperanza Spalding on the side. For this rather startling transformation she is accompanied by versatile guitarist Marvin Sewell (a longtime Wilson sideman), pianist Miki Hayama, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (stunning on the hard-hitting “Suite Mary”) and the superb young drummer Marcus Gilmore. Mimi finds her voice on evocative originals like “Spiral” and “Mighty Time,” the mellow “Close Your Eyes,” the blues-drenched “Watch Your Step” and the funky “For Granted.”

Originally published in December 2009
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