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Title - 'The Music of Sam Jones'
Artist - The Tnek Jazz Quintet

"One of the things I like about Sam Jonesís music is the intricate horn lines he wrote," explains Ron Kearns.

"'Bittersuite' is basically a blues, but as you listen to the interaction between the horns you may not immediately recognize it as blues."

"In fact, the horn lines and bass interplay on 'O.P.,' 'Del Sasser,' 'Lillie,' 'Some More of Dat,' and 'Tragic Magic' (by Kenny Barron) grab your attention as a listener."

"'Unit Seven' was used by Cannonball as an unofficial theme song. Anyone who wants to teach young jazz players how to swing or play with soul just needs to put on a recording of Cannonball and Nat playing this tune."

"Using riffs and lines from a swinging big band Samís writing gives each soloist a chance to blow. Benny and Antonio bring to mind Jimmy Heath and Cannonball on two of the memorable recordings of the song."

"All in all, this recording is designed to take you on a musical journey. I donít have to tell you everything about these tunes, these fine players do that. Enjoy."

Here on this brand new album The Tnek Jazz Quintet Plays the Music of Sam Jones (an American jazz double bassist, cellist, and composer, out now via TNEK Jazz LLC), The Tnek Jazz Quintet - Kent Miller, Bass; Darius Scott, Piano; Greg Holloway, Drums; Antonio Parker, Alto Sax; and Benny Russell, Tenor & Soprano Sax - is a finely tuned jazz outfit led by the aforementioned bassist, Kent Miller.

A graduate of Rockhurst University, who also attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music, he has performed with the Brooklyn based Ray Abrams big band, Carl Allen, Chico Hamilton, Percy Brice, Jimmy Lovelace, Clifford Barbaro, Lynne Arriale, Eddie Gladden, George Coleman Jr., John Hicks, Eric Person, Bill Saxton, Talieb Kibwe, James Wiedman, Stanley Cowell and many others.

1. 'Unit Seven' (5:08)
2. 'Bittersuite' (4:48)
3. 'Some More of Dat' (7:48)
4. 'Lillie' (7:06)
5. 'O.P.' (4:02)
6. 'Del Sasser' (5:36)
7. 'Tragic Magic' (4:11)

Opening with the upbeat, finger-snappin' melodic brilliance of 'Unit Seven,' they then back that up with the frenetically controlled vibe of 'Bittersuite,' and then the thoughtful, upright bass-led 'Some More of Dat' comes along next.

The lush piano work of the laid back magnificence of 'Lillie' is a most beautiful seven minutes of your time to behold, and that's backed by the anthemic romp 'O.P.' with the album coming to a close on the drum-led 'Del Sasser' and then the horntastic funky elegance of 'Tragic Magic.'

"When Kent approached me with the idea of doing a recording of the music of Sam Jones I had two thoughts," explains Ron Kearns. "One was that if any bass player could do it justice it was Kent."

"Secondly, Sam Jones is an artist a lot of jazz fans know but donít know. They know and love recordings he played on and his songs but they donít necessarily recognize his name. Sam is a musicianís musician. Musicians dig and respect his work."