A true American original and jazz luminary, Papa Jo Jones bedazzled and intrigued many with his outrageous, volatile personality and his innovative drumming-and nowhere does his fierce intellect and humor shine more
marvelously than in his life's telling. With a fascinating introduction and annotations by Paul Devlin and an afterword by Phil Schaap, jazz historian and longtime friend of Jones, Rifftide reveals a man at the forefront of both a
whole new form of music and a country in the midst of incredible turmoil and opportunity.
"Jo Jones, an elegant, swinging dude, always had a style of his own. When he was with us, you could hear him, feel him-everything was right there." -Count Basie
"I first met Jo Jones at the RKO Theater in Boston when I was a teenager in the early 1940s and we were friends until he passed away. He was my first influence and my major influence. He was `Papa' Jo to me before they gave him that title. He was like a father to me. For drummers of my generation, Jo was the president of the drums just like Lester Young was president of the tenor saxophone. Jo loved to talk, and when he spoke it was almost as if he was playing the drums: you'd give him your undivided attention. Rifftide conveys a fine sense of his voice and the larger than life dimensions of his personality." -Roy Haynes
"Albert Murray has helped keep the incomparable Jo Jones alive through the voice of Count Basie in Good Morning Blues and fictionally in The Magic Keys, but in Rifftide, thanks to the persistence of editor Paul Devlin, we get to hear Jo himself in all his dynamic, adrenalized, anecdotal, no-bull glory-riffing with words as heartily as he did on the hi-hat." -Gary Giddins, author of Warning Shadows and Jazz