J.W. Jones

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Written as JW-Jones, this name would refer to a young blues artist from Canada, some of whose population seem to assume that since k.d. lang all manner of liberties can be taken with spelling and punctuation.…
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Written as JW-Jones, this name would refer to a young blues artist from Canada, some of whose population seem to assume that since k.d. lang all manner of liberties can be taken with spelling and punctuation. Normalize this credit to read J.W. Jones and you have a different performer from a good three or four generations earlier. Furthermore, the music involved can easily be said to predate even country blues by at least a century or two. J.W. Jones played the lead instrument in the Georgia Fife and Drum Band, an ensemble from the Columbus area of that state that did some field recordings in the late '60s.

Fife and drum groups in America involving black musicians go back as far as the 18th century, part of an international flow of styles between military bands and civilian jammers that has affected such diverse styles as Balkan brass bands and the free jazz of tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler. Jones' fife was a bamboo flute made out of cane, piercing enough to ride high over the bass and kettle drums that complete the instrumental lineup of a band of this sort. The lead "fife" role also includes dance moves loosely based on military steps. The Georgia Fife and Drum Band, a family band including several brothers and a cousin, is featured on several compilations including Georgia Folk: A Sampler of Traditional Sounds.