Philly Joe Jones

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Drummer Philly Joe Jones led a few sets for Galaxy during the 1977-78 period that featured veteran hard bop-oriented players. For this LP (not yet reissued on CD), Jones is matched with trumpeter Blue Mitchell, trombonist Slide Hampton, the tenors of Charles Bowen (who plays one song on soprano) and Harold Land, pianist Cedar Walton and bassist Marc Johnson. "Midnite Waltz" is a change of pace, a trio feature for Walton. Otherwise, the full group plays a pair of obscurities (including Jones' "Trailways"), "Invitation" (always an excellent feature for Land), and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes." Fine music.