Mike Jones

Runnin' Wild

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Mike Jones is a true virtuoso, a two-handed pianist who often recalls Oscar Peterson while throwing in some heated stride now and then along with basslines worthy of Dave McKenna. On his solo record, recorded live at his regular gig at Buffalo's Marquee At The Tralf, Jones really rips into the veteran standards, many of which date from the swing era. Often drastically changing tempoes for dramatic effect, Mike Jones also shows sensitivity on the occasional ballads and creativity during a few medleys. His hard-swinging approach and light touch make for an appealing combination and this definitive set is easily recommended to fans of swing piano.

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