Sox-Trot – "Papa" Jo Jones
A catchy, snappy medium swinger. The changes are based on Honeysuckle Rose, though the bridge is slightly different.
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- Recording: Jo Jones - Vamp 'Til Ready
- Recorded on: April 19, 1960
- Label: Everest (LPBR 5099)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Harry "Sweets" Edison
- Trombone - Bennie Green
- Tenor Sax - Jimmy Forrest
- Piano - Tommy Flanagan
- Bass - Tommy Potter
- Drums - Jo Jones
There is an unusual tag ending: the last four measures are repeated, but starting two beats later. We notate this with a 2/4 measure followed by a 4/4 measure which ends in the pickup to the tag phrase. Our C lead sheet contains the horn voicings in the final measure, as well as notable piano fills around the melody heard on the recording.
Our lead sheets indicate solos on the head changes, which certainly work as solo changes. However, the solos on the recording use a different chord progression. The A section is like "rhythm changes" but going to D7 in the sixth measure; the seventh measure has G7 to C7 to get back to F. The bridge is the same as on the head.
October 7, 1911 – September 3, 1985
Born Jonathan David Samuel Jones in Chicago, Illinois, Jo Jones got his start playing drums and tap-dancing in carnival shows in Alabama until joining Walter Page's band in Oklahoma City in the late 1920s. He, along with Walter Page and Freddie Green, joined Count Basie's band in 1934. That rhythm section would forever change the sound and feeling of jazz. Read more...