Sam Jones (musician)

Sam Jones (actually Samuel Jones) ( born November 12, 1924 in Jacksonville, † December 15, 1981 in New York City ) was an American jazz bassist, cellist and composer.

Life and work

Jones played drums in the school in a brass band and moved afterwards to the bass. He first played in Philadelphia in Tiny Bradshaw ( 1953-55 ) and Les Jazz Modes. The mid-1950s he moved to New York City. He now looked at Kenny Dorham, Illinois Jacquet, Cannonball Adderley (1957 ), Bill Evans ( Everybody Digs Bill Evans ), Dizzy Gillespie ( 1958-59 ), Thelonious Monk and Ike Quebec / Grant Green ( Blue and Sentimental ). Internationally, he was primarily known for his work in the Cannonball Adderley Quintet 1959-1965. He then played in a trio of Oscar Peterson ( 1966-70 ), but also joined with Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery and Cedar Walton ( 1971 ) on. By Richard Davis, Lisle Atkinson, Milton Hinton, Ron Carter and Michael Fleming he belonged since 1968 to Bill Lee's New York Bass Violin Choir. In his last years, Jones led a semi-professional twelve -piece band.

Jones was a profound companion, especially in conjunction with Louis Hayes (with Grant Green's quartet recordings with Sonny Clark, with Cannonball Adderley and 1966 at Peterson ) and Billy Higgins ( in the projects of Cedar Walton ) showed his enormous fortune in the rhythm section. Two of the pieces composed by Jones, who were in the repertoire of Adderley, have become standards ( Unit 7 and Del Sasser ). He presented several boards under his own name.

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