Philly Joe Jones – Trailways Express (1968)

There aren’t a whole lot of dates by Philly Joe Jones as a leader. That’s why it’s nice to have as many as possible. In the late 60’s Philly Joe Jones (who passed away in 1985), left the USA jazz scene where he is still best known as the drummer for the classic (and probably best) version of the Miles Davis Quintet, along with John Coltrane, Red Garland on Piano, and Paul Chambers on Bass. He headed out to London (where he stayed a few years) after playing in a breakaway trio after the Miles Davis years as the drummer for Red Garland’s trio along with Paul Chambers. [Source]

Personnel: Philly Joe Jones (drums), Peter King (alto saxophone), Harold McNair (tenor saxophone, flute), Kenny Wheeler (trumpet, flugelhorn), Les Condon (trumpet), Chris Pyne (trombone), Mike Pyne (piano), John Hart, Ron Matthewson (bass).

Recorded at Trident Studios, London on October 1 and October 31, 1968.

For two years (1967-69) he taught at a specially organised school in Hampstead, London, but was prevented from otherwise working in the UK by the Musicians’ Union.

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