Mike Jones

Live at the Green Mill

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Mike Jones' first trio outing for Chiaroscuro (after four solo piano releases) doesn't mean that he is holding back in the least. Accompanied by two talented Chicagoans, bassist Kelly Sill and drummer Tim Davis, for these live sessions at the Green Mill (with whom he regularly works during his annual gig there), Jones' demanding sets cover a lot of ground. His virtuoso romp through "(There Is) No Greater Love" inserts several amusing quotes, including "I'm Beginning to See the Light," as do many of his other performances. He also revisits Oscar Peterson's "Kelly's Blues" (which Jones covered previously on Live at Steinway Hall) while losing none of his intensity, though he showcases his rhythm section. His impromptu "Green Mill Blues" sounds like a perfect set closer, an extended workout with the trio making a delayed entrance, though it's possible that the audience wouldn't let him go. His hilarious take of "Body and Soul" has the buoyancy and playfulness of Erroll Garner, followed by a blues-drenched interpretation of Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'." Beautifully recorded with an attentive and not overly rambunctious audience in attendance, Mike Jones' visit to the Green Mill proves to be a memorable one.

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