Although I’ve always understood that part of the urge to collect has in it the urge to keep something for oneself — “Mine! Mine! Not yours!” screams the toddler self — I am delighted beyond words when someone in the jazz collecting world says, “Here! Listen to this! Let everyone listen to this!” The Italian jazz scholar Enrico Borsetti is one of these heroic figures. And now I’ve met another person, in cyberspace to be sure, who has showered riches upon us. His name is Mike Tarani.
I found the blog MUSIC FOR DRUMMERS through a Google Alert for “Jo Jones.” I have now seen a great deal of information about Susie Jo Jones, and Jolanda Jo Jones, and Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones. I’m sure they are all beyond compare, but none of them played drums in the Basie rhythm section, none of them fired rimshots and accents behind Tommy Ladnier at Carnegie Hall. You understand.
MUSIC FOR DRUMMERS has devoted an astounding post to Jonathan David Samuel Jones (and kindly mentions my piece on Jo in this blog) — which includes YouTube videos. AND it includes mp3 versions of Jo’s famous two-record set, THE DRUMS.
But wait! There’s more! MFD also offers — free and gleefully — the tape of an oral history interview of Jo done by Milt Hinton, circa 1973. Hearing those voices nearly brought me to tears.
And, as Mae West never said, “Goodness has everything to do with it.” Blessings on Mike Tarrani for his generosities.
See for yourself at http://drumz4sale.blogspot.com/2010/02/papa-jo-jones.html