Plays Well With Others

Plays Well With Others, released 2013 on Capri Records

Featuring: Mike Jones, piano; Mike Gurrola, bass; Jeff Hamilton, drums


Track List

  1. Besame Mucho
  2. It’s A Wonderful World
  3. September Song
  4. I Know Why And So Do You
  5. Box Viewing Blues
  6. Detour Ahead
  7. Day By Day
  8. Corcovado
  9. I’m Walkin’
  10. Deed I Do
  11. I’m Old Fashioned
  12. I Thought About You
  13. Obscuro Blues


I couldn’t muster up much of an argument with the title. It’s apparent that Jones does indeed play well with others — in this case, Mike Gurrola, bass, and Jeff Hamilton, drums. Jones is one of those “do everything” types; the kind of pianist you’d love to hear in a good “listening room.” One gets the idea that, like the late Jimmy Rowles, Jones probably knows a zillion songs, both the familiar, the obscure, and the out-of-left-field goodies known only to historians and/or “tune freaks.” Jones and his trio launch into 13 winners on this session, including goodies such as “Besame Mucho,” “It’s a Wonderful World,” “September Song”, “Day By Day,” “Corcovado,” “I’m Old Fashioned,” and even Fats Domino’s mega-hit, “I’m Walkin’.” If you lean toward great melody players, guys like John Bunch, Eddie Higgins and Paul Smith, I think you’ll find that Jones does indeed “play well with others.”
George Fendel Jazz Society of Oregon

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