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Mike Jones: Runnin’ Wild

It takes a remarkable jazz musician to sustain not only the listener’s attention but also his enthusiasm throughout an hour-plus performance of unaccompanied piano solos, but that’s exactly what Bostonian Mike Jones does on this live set from the Marquee at the Tralf in Buffalo, his regular gig during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Though a comparatively young man, he eschews allusions to bop and post-bop expected of a musician his age, preferring a broader stylistic base that variously incorporates elements of Hines, Tatum, classic stride, boogie woogie, and the single-note galloping bass most closely associated with Dave McKenna.

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