Jimmy Jones Jr.

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By appearing on certain records, a musician might be able to luck into a wide audience appreciating his efforts, expanding his audience far and wide in the process. In the career of drummer Jimmy Jones,…
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By appearing on certain records, a musician might be able to luck into a wide audience appreciating his efforts, expanding his audience far and wide in the process. In the career of drummer Jimmy Jones, a Cleveland journeyman who has recorded only sporadically, that lucky record was the one he made with guitarist Robert Lockwood Jr. in 1976, simply entitled Does 12 and released on a tiny blues independent, Trix. Lockwood Jr. had previously turned many an ear with his jazzy lead guitar style, but this was the first album he had created playing the 12-string version on the instrument on every track.

Also a resident of Cleveland, the guitarist had established an excellent rapport with a regular group of sidemen that included Jones, who is sometimes credited as Jimmy Jones Jr. The combination of the resulting memorable interplay and the absolutely fresh sound of the 12-string in an electric blues setting made this album a must-have for many bluesmonauts. Demand outlived the existence of Trix itself; Lockwood Jr.'s complete recording sessions for the label have been reissued on Joel Dorn's 32 Jazz imprint.