The Show Before the Show, 2018 on Capri Records
If you’ve been to the Penn & Teller show any time in the past 16 years, and arrived early, you’ve seen and heard the Mike Jones Duo, with Penn Jillette on bass. Now, you can take their music home! Coming March 16th on CD, iTunes and Amazon, with liner notes by Teller! A very limited edition of signed and numbered,(by Mike, Penn and Teller) red vinyl and 180 gram audiophile pressings will be available exclusively at the Penn & Teller theater in Las Vegas.
Featuring: Mike Jones, piano; Penn Jillette, bass; with liner notes by Teller
- But Not for Me
- Have You Met Miss Jones
- There is No Greater Love
- Manha De Carnaval
- On the Sunny Side of the Street
- Box Viewiing Blues
- Exactly Like You
Bob Morello – “Facts on Wax” – Post Gazette March 2, 2018
MIKE JONES/ PENN JILLETTE – THE SHOW BEFORE THE SHOW
Pianist Mike Jones is considered a most accomplished mainstream jazz musician, whose talents constantly dazzle his audience. Add to the lineup bassist Penn Jillette, who also dazzles his audiences on a regular basis, mostly with his magic act as one half of Penn & Teller. Jones has served as the musical director for Penn & Teller’s Las Vegas show since 2002. Jillette and Jones perform before the show (hence the title The Show Before the Show) and sometimes during the show. The unlikely pair join to perform popular standards delivered on a plate of first-rate jazz, as Jones tickles the ivories on the lengthy “Broadway,” the sultry Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Corcovado,” the Gershwin’s’ gem “But Not for Me,” followed by the Rodgers and Hart classic “Have You Met Miss Jones,” and marks the midpoint with “There Is No Greater Love.”
Jillette continues to provide background bass for Jones on the Bossa Nova classic “Manha de Carnaval,” the Johnny Mercer/Victor Schertzinger number “Tangerine,” and it’s hard to beat “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and “Exactly Like You, ” sandwiching Jones shining bright with his composition “Box Viewing Blues!” Jillette shows he can also do magic with music.