John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review Journal talks about Penn and Jonesy’s album, The Show Before the Show, and mentions Mike’s appearance at Chicago’s Green Mill last weekend. Specifically, he talks about Penn’s appearance.
Another review of The Show Before the Show!
Check out another review of Mike Jones and Penn Jillette’s The Show Before the Show:
Check out Howard Reich’s review of Mike and Penn at the Green Mill
The rumors were true! Penn & Teller stopped by the Green Mill on Saturday night to listen to Mike and Penn even played the bass on one song. Check out Howard Reich’s review of the evening:
Review: Yes, magician Penn can play jazz bass and proves it at Green Mill
Chicago Tribune Reviews The Show Before The Show!
Thank To Howard Reich for this great review!
JazzWax reviews The Show Before the Show
Check out Marc Myer’s review of The Show Before the Show. In addition to his very kind words, he has a sound clip from The Show Before the Show. Check it out:
Check out the latest review of The Show Before the Show from Musical Memoirs:
Newest review in All About Jazz
Check out the latest review for the upcoming release of The Show Before The Show in all About Jazz:
Roaring Reviewed in Downbeat Magazine
Check out the review for Mike’s latest album, Roaring in the October issue of Downbeat Magazine:
The cover art of Mike Jones’ latest album captures the lighthearted spirit of the music therein, featuring an animated scene in which Jones and his bandmates—bassist Katie Tiroux and drummer Matt Witek—dance the Charleston. Tis is ftting, since Jones and company swing their way through 10 tunes originating in the Roaring ’20s (hence the album title). Notwithstanding his day job as the “house” pianist for magicians Penn & Teller, Jones does not need any sort of musical legerdemain to entertain. He plays well, and has chosen bandmates who share his musical vision. Te trio opens with a straightforward, no-nonsense swing on the chestnut “Yes Sir, Tat’s My Baby,” then decompresses for a laidback take on “If I Had You.” Later, the group embarks on a rollicking romp through Irving Berlin’s “I’ll See You In Cuba,” which captures the lighthearted playfulness found in the lyrics to this anti-Prohibition song. While never straying from their roots, Jones, Tiroux and Witek save the blues for last, with a strong workout on “Am I Blue?”Te playing answers the title’s question, with an unequivocal “yes.”
—Martin Z. Kasdan Jr.
Roaring: Yes Sir, That’s My Baby; If I Had You; I’ll See You In Cuba; Home; Mean To Me; I Found A New Baby; Me And My Shadow; What’ll I Do; I Can’t Believe You’re In Love With Me; Am I Blue. (61:52)
Personnel: Mike Jones, piano; Katie Thiroux, bass; Matt Witek, drums
Ordering info: caprirecords.com
Roaring is Getting Around
Check out the latest review for Roaring by Jazz da Gama. You can also see a youtube video of Mike playing!:
Jazz da Gama
When you’re done there, you can head over to Neon Jazz to listen to a jazz radio program where you can hear a bit of Roaring!
Reviews for Roaring
We are so excited that Mike’s new album is out. Check out 2 more reviews for Roaring: