Jo Jones: Little Susie


Little Susie


Jo Jones (drums)


The Essential Jo Jones (Vanguard 101/2)

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Jo Jones (drums), Ray Bryant (piano), Tommy Bryant (bass).

Composed by Ray Bryant


Recorded: New York City, April 30, 1958


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Jo Jones was an inimitable force in the development of modern jazz drumming. Not only was he an innovator in moving the pulse from the bass drum to the hi-hat, but he was also among the first to shift the drummer’s role from strict timekeeper to interactive member of an improvising group. From the Blue Devils in the late ‘20s to Basie in the ‘30s and ‘40s, Jones’ use of careful, interactive accents was so influential that it still warrants inclusion in a list of jazz’s modern drummers. This track from 1958 accurately displays his artistic timekeeping and solo style.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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