We’re going back in time – almost a full
century. The Mike Jones Trio revisits the 1920s with
Roaring (Capri Records, 2016).
The trio consists of Mike Jones, piano; Katie Thiroux, bass;
and Matt Witek, drums.
The album is a collection of fresh arrangements culled from
the decade known as the Roaring ’20s, Each song is familiar
enough to those who know the standards, but contemporary
enough to please modern listeners. Highlights are “Yes Sir,
That’s My Baby,” “Mean to Me,”
Producer Thomas Burns says in the liner notes that he and
Jones were brainstorming about what they would do for Jones’
second Capri release. The pianist suggested the 1920s.
Thiroux and Witek were in New York City for another gig, had
a day off, “so we gave them something fun to do.”
Roaring was recorded in a single, four-hour session
without rehearsal and without having played the songs
together as a group. All but one song were done in a single
Jones has spent 15 years performing with the magical duo of
Penn and Teller. He was opening act for their show at the
Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino, and composer for the
Jones dedicates the music on Roaring to his father,
Andrew C. Jones. He credits his father with getting him
started playing and loving jazz.