Boogaloo Joe Jones
Jones made his solo debut as Joe Jones on Prestige Records in 1967, but earned the name "Boogaloo Joe" following a 1969 record of that title. The nickname was meant to distinguish him from the other people with similar names in the music business, such as R&B singer Joe Jones, jazz drummers "Papa Jo" Jones and Philly Joe Jones, and the Joe Jones of the Fluxus movement. Later, he turned to billing himself as Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones.
Jones recorded several albums in a soul-jazz vein for Prestige between 1966 and 1978. In addition to leading his own group for recording purposes, Ivan Jones recorded with Richard 'Groove' Holmes, Houston Person, Harold Mabern, Wild Bill Davis and, most notably, Willis Jackson. Rusty Bryant, Charles Earland, and Bernard "Pretty" Purdie are among the sidemen also featured on Jones' albums.
His sound and style clearly derived from the blues, but it was a solid understanding of rock that Jones brought to his style of jazz. He was influenced most by Tal Farlow and Billy Butler, but gravitated toward the rhythm and blues jazz Butler was popularizing with organist Bill Doggett's popular group. Jones’ sound and style stayed remarkably consistent during his recording career. His twangy tone coupled catchy chordal vamps with astonishing rapid-fire single-note playing. He could handle familiar pop covers ("Light My Fire," "Have You Never Been Mellow") and ballads. But he really excelled in the jazz-funk groove and proved himself a first-rate blues player.
Jones has lived in South New Jersey most of his life and mostly worked in and around the Atlantic City area with chitlin circuit heroes like Wild Bill Davis, Willis Jackson and Charlie Ventura. Jones, who never won the notice of critics or great support from fans during his career, is finding new life on CD.
- Introducing the Psychedelic Soul Jazz Guitar of Joe Jones (Prestige, 1968)
- My Fire! (Prestige, 1968)
- Boogaloo Joe (Prestige, 1969)
- Right On Brother (Prestige, 1970)
- No Way! (Prestige, 1970)
- What It Is (Prestige, 1971)
- Snake Rhythm Rock (Prestige, 1972)
- Black Whip (Prestige, 1973)
- Sweetback (Joka, 1975)
- Rusty Bryant - Night Train Now! (Prestige PR 7735)
- Sonny Phillips - Sure 'Nuff (Prestige PR 7737)
- Harold Mabern - Greasy Kid Stuff! (Prestige PR 7764)
- Richard "Groove" Holmes - Spicy (Prestige PR 7493)
- Houston Person - Soul Dance! (Prestige PR 7621)
- Billy Hawks - New Genius of the Blues (Prestige PR 7501)
- Willis Jackson - Gatorade (Prestige PR 2516)
- Willis Jackson - Lockin' Horns (Muse 5200)
- Willis Jackson - The Gator Horn (Muse 5146)