Great Live Moments - Philly Joe Jones
July 17, 2008. Posted by Angelika Beener.
By the 1980's, jazz drummer Philly Joe Jones had formed Dameronia, a group dedicated to playing the music of the great pianist, composer and arranger Tadd Dameron. Dameron was a major influence of the drumming giant early in his career. Dameronia was well-received and produced a few LP's with this musical concept. Listen to the "Tadd's Delight" from 1983 featuring Charles Davis on saxophones, Walter Davis, Jr. on piano and Larry Ridley on bass. It is imaginable that Jones had a dual love playing this tune. In addition to honoring Dameron, Miles Davis, who was another major influence (and colleague), made the tune famous in the 1950s. We originally recorded this special date live in 1983 from the Jazz Forum in New York City. This recording is particularly a highlight, as it was not long after, that jazz would lose this innovative drummer to a fatal heart attack.
Jones, who would have turned 85 this month, remains one of the quintessential drummers of this genre.
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