Bill Jones

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There is a multi-instrumentalist named Bill Jones who has dozens of recording credits with mainstream artists such as the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and Jimmy Buffett. While that Bill Jones has proven…
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There is a multi-instrumentalist named Bill Jones who has dozens of recording credits with mainstream artists such as the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and Jimmy Buffett. While that Bill Jones has proven to be adept on instruments such as alto saxophone and recorder as well as keyboards, he is not the same Jones credited with playing the sousaphone on an album entitled Beyond the Black Crack, released on vinyl in 1976 and reissued on compact disc in 1999. This work, created by the eccentric Rev. Dwight Frizzell, assures Jones a place in avant-garde history -- which along with a couple of bucks was the price of a good cup of coffee in Kansas City a quarter of century after Beyond the Black Crack first appeared on the streets.

Jones and his sousaphone were an aspect of the crew of KC henchmen the charismatic Frizzell was able to muster together for such projects. Another fellow by the name of Jim Rogers appears to have been a specialist on avant-garde kazoo, no small feat. Despite Kansas City's relative proximity to the Ozark Mountains, the music on Beyond the Black Crack can't be farther away from the radio-friendly country-rock of the previously mentioned Bill Jones and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. The sousaphone man should also not be confused with a William Jones who plays the euphonium, a smaller but in some aspects similar brass instrument, in contexts such as the United States Air Force Band.