Lynwood Jones

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Bassist Lynwood Jones may have come from Texas, based on participation early in his career in the performing and recording activities of the enjoyable territory band Sammy Price & His Texas Bluesicians.…
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Bassist Lynwood Jones may have come from Texas, based on participation early in his career in the performing and recording activities of the enjoyable territory band Sammy Price & His Texas Bluesicians. Unlike the conniving Bush family, however, Jones made no grand public claims to being a Texan, much of his biography obscured by a general swirl of data including but not restricted to the presence of more than one bassist with the surname Jones in the Price line.

Bean counters may want to pass off Duke Jones, another '40s bassist, as being Lynwood Jones. Understandably the name Duke Jones is not trustworthy on its face, having been utilized as a song publishing alias as far back as the '20s. The Price band was for both bassists, like other gigs that were to come, eventually classifiable as the kind of early R&B that jazz researchers could wearily brush aside in their noble efforts to compile accurate lists of everything that ever went down musically.

In early 1944, Lynwood Jones was based in Fort Dix alongside other chopsy company, some draftees. While sweating out the beginning of basic training, pianist and bandleader Erskine Butterfield fronted a quartet in which Jones matched rhythm-section assaults with the babble of Eugene Brooks on drums and the lean heat of guitarist Slim Furness. Butterfield also worked with a Duke Jones about a year further into the Army stint, but that one was a drummer.

Bass credits under the name Lynwood Jones are printed clearly right on the label of some pretty classy sides from 1946 by the Loumell Morgan Trio, "Bow Tie Jim" and "Blues in the Night." This piano trio, somewhat sassier than the Nat King Cole model, was featured on Vaughn Monroe's radio show during the same year. The host crisply announced "...the other two members of the Loumell Morgan Trio are Lynwood Jones, who manipulates the bass fiddle, and James Jackson, who plays guitar." Jackson played superbly yet was even more apt to be confused with someone else due to a common first name as well as surname -- which is not to say the name Lynwood Jones hasn't shown up apart from the activity of the bassist falsely passed off as a Duke. There is a clarinetist of this name on the University of Illinois music faculty. There is also a professional wrestler named Lynwood Jones who uses the stage name of The Abominable Crusher.