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Whether supporting musical greats or leading his own band, Darryl Jones rocks a fresh soulful groove

Growing up in a musical family on the south side of Chicago and playing alongside diverse world-class artists has provided profound musical insight and inspiration which can only be heard in the music of Darryl Jones.

 

After several years gigging around the Chicago music scene, Darryl’s international recording and touring career took flight at age 21, with jazz icon Miles Davis. Gigs with Sting, Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Eric Clapton, and others soon followed, and since ‘93 he’s been the bassist for the Rolling Stones. When his schedule permits, he performs with other artists, co-leads a couple of bands, serves the legacy of The Chief with the Miles Electric Band; and in 2017 he debuted The Darryl Jones Project.

 

Besides touring and recording, Darryl keeps busy writing music, including composing the score for an award-winning film. He continues his education, and was selected to participate in the Sundance Institute’s famed Music & Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Ranch in 2017.  He teaches classes and conducts clinics around the world, and in 2014 he founded Jones Musical Instrument Company to craft custom basses and guitars.

Sunday music

Darling Dear — As a bassist, listening to this track I’m amazed how @James Jamerson manages to play so much and still grooves and drives this song so effectively. All the while, he never steps on @Michael Jackson’s vocal. This is an electric bass tour de force. Teach Mr Jamerson, teach!

youtu.be/nyhBwuEIwCYMotown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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2 days ago

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I love this tune from Buddy Guy 's Sweet Tea record. To me, it’s a modern offshoot of the Blues. Some people would call that Rock & Roll which wouldn’t be wrong technically. Jean Paul Bourelly, with whom Will Calhoun and I co-lead the band Stone Raiders remarked that the music from The Band Of Gypsies with Hendrix should be considered a complete new idiom of it’s own. I came up with the name “Blues Forward” in an attempt to describe this branch which springs from the trunk of the tree called Blues. Buddy’s "Baby Please Don’t Leave Me” would fall directly into this category, imho.

youtu.be/D6tdlmx_GO4Buddy Guy Baby Please Don't Leave Me Album : Sweet Tea
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6 days ago

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A few months ago I was telling Keith Richards about the first time I heard Howlin' Wolf - Chess Records' voice. I told him it frightened me. ”Not me!”, Keith replied quickly, ”I fell in love with it from the start.”

I remember I was about 12 years old and I was in Angus Bangus Thomas' basement when he played one of Wolf’s records and when I heard the rawness of his voice, it scared me. I’d never heard anyone sing with such a roughly textured vocal sound. I guess it was just too much for the shy kid I was at the time. Funny how things change because now when I hear his voice it goes through me like a hot knife thru butter!

Angus Bangus Thomas was my first bass instructor when I began playing. He turned me on to a lot of great music early on.

youtu.be/s0aIjyX7vwIHowlin Wolf - His Best
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1 week ago

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Dedicating Sunday Music to this great lady, jazz force Barbara Morrison, tonight she is inducted into the Black Music Hall of Fame 2018.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c8xPqWf_aY&index=20&list=PLkQieJM0KPNG2HU-6J_wj3KzSWPXNgf1cSasa Top
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1 week ago

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