"Bassman's Holiday" could be the subtitle for Sam Jones's third Riverside album. It includes a version of Ray Brown's "Thumbstring," Jones's own "O.P." in tribute to bass/cello pioneer Oscar Pettiford, and six tracks where Jones is supported by his peers Ron Carter and Israel Crosby. This particularly well conceived collection features four tracks by a nonet/tenet playing Ernie Wilkins arrangements with the leader heard on bass, and a like number of quintet titles with flute and Jones's cello providing the lead voices. With assists from old working partners like Les Spann and Joe Zawinul, and a sampling of solos from the other all-stars heard in the ensemble, the entire program shows once again that the man they called "Home" was one of the most down bassists (and cellists) in jazz history.
with Blue Mitchell, Snooky Young, Clark Terry, Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Strozier, Jimmy Heath, Pat Patrick, Les Spann, Joe Zawinul, Wynton Kelly, Ron Carter, Israel Crosby, Ben Riley, Vernel Fournier