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The best kept secret in music


"Kevin Jones"

".......while there are many and varied grooves on this record—a mixture of many different African rhythms, Latin rhythms, R&B, and some recognizable jazz—the music overall is much deeper than “just” groove. Sure, it can be appreciated that way, but then you would be missing much of the subtlety and plain good playing."

"..........this music as a mix of world and R&B with a jazz flavor underneath. No matter. The mixture is very well done, and there is something for everyone."

By Budd Kopman, All About Jazz - All About Jazz

"Kevin Jones"

"Percussionist Bujo Kevin Jones combines the spirit of Africa with modern jazz on his impressive debut as a leader." - Jazz Times

"Kevin Jones"

"Kevin Jones, known in the musical world as “Bujo,” is the leader of the New York-based ensemble that has created Tenth World. A percussionist with a Latin and African groove, Bujo emanates confidence and uses a variety of percussive instruments, the congas in particular. While the music on Tenth Groove heavily leans in the direction of American jazz, there are underlying World influences. Bujo is the one who keeps it together, but the rest of the musicians in this ensemble are extremely talented and proficient, especially Brian Horton on sax, pianist Kevin Sholar, and flautist George Makinto from Liberia. Jones and the others contributed to the songwriting on the eleven tracks of Tenth World, from R&B inspired “New Nation” to the African World beat of “Climb The Mountain.” Tenth World is modern jazz that crosses the boundaries between cultures. A tight band and exuberant delivery has created a feast for the ears."
- World Music CD reviews World Fusion

"Kevin Jones"

"Afro-Latin jazz fusion that will hold your feet hostage and demand a big pay off on the dance floor. The most impressive conga and percussion work will make you all the more willing and with a few laid back breathers thrown in, you won't want to miss this thriller."

"Kevin Jones"

"Fusing Jazz with African, Latin and Caribbean rhythms "Bujo" Kevin Jones and the Tenth World ensemble's new album Tenth World is nothing short of a musical delicacy." - BLOGCRITIC.COM


“Bujo” Kevin Jones

Charles McPherson – Free Bop (xanadu records 1978)
Archie Shepp – Archie Shepp ‘ Live at Palais De Glais’ (1979)
The Isley Brothers – Grand Slam (T-Neck/CBS1982)
The Isley Brothers – Who Said? (T-Neck/CBS 1981)
The Isley Brothers – The Real Deal (T-Neck/CBS 1981)
The Isley Brothers - Inside You (T-neck Records/CBS 1982)
The Isley Brothers – Between the Sheets (T-Neck/CBS 1983)
Sunrize – Who’s Stickin’ It? (Boardwalk 1982)
Isley, Jasper & Isley – Broadway’s Closer to Sunset Boulevard (CBS1984)
Isley, Jasper & Isley - Caravan of Love (CBS 1985)
Isley, Jasper & Isley – Different Drummer (CBS 1986)
Invisible Man’s Band – Sunday Afternoon (Island Records 1984)
Randy VanWarmer – The Beat of Love (CBS 1983)
Clyde Criner – Behind the Sun (with Carlos Santana & Marcus Miller) (Novus 1988)
Chuck McPherson – Chuck McPherson and his Jazz Disciples ‘live at the Juke Joint’
George Makinto – Malimba
Clifford Adams – Clifford Adams (untitled)
Kevin Jones & Tenth World – Land of Eternal Tranquil Light” (Kasmavtsu Music/CDBaby 2000)
Joey DeFrancesco – Keepers of the Flame (Tribute to Charles Earland) (High Note 2000)
Papa John DeFrancesco – Hip Cake Walk (High Note 2000)
Brain Horton “Gritty” – It’s Like (Doc8 Music 2001)
Kelvin Sholar & Esoterica – Messionik (Kasmavtsu Music 2001)
Kelvin Sholar & Esoterica – Live at the Knitting Factory (Kasmavtsu Music 2002)
Mondre Moffett – Wishbone Suite
Norman Simmons – Synthesis (High Note 2002)
Marilyn Issac – Fresh Anointing
Babatunde Lea – Soul Pools (Motema 2001)
Blaze – Spiritually Speaking (Kickin' records 2002)
Winard Harper – A Time For The Soul (Savant 2003)
Be Thankful - Angie Stone and Omar (2004)
Babatunde Lea - Suite Unseen (Motema 2004)
Vince Ector - Rhythm Master (Blues Leaf Records 2003)
DJ Jackie Christie - ? (Motema 2004)
Kevin Jones & Tenth World - Tenth World (Motema 2004)
Francis Mbappe - Celebration (FM Groove Records 2005)
Luisito Quintero - Percussion Madness (BBE Records/Vega Records 2005)
Winard Harper - (not yet named) (Piadrum Records 2006)
Quentin Harris - (not yet named)


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Kevin Jones bio

Percussionist-bandleader Bujo Kevin Jones’ debut recording for Motema Music, TENTH WORLD, is a festive, multi-cultural affair. Driven by the organic pathways of the drum, Jones and his spirited crew traverse waters from Harlem River Drive soul to the streets of Havana all the way to the Congo heart of the African motherland. Those diverse traditions are bathed in the spirit of jazz improvisation, fired by kinetic horn play, rippling keyboards, deep bass grooves, and the kind of palpable joy of music-making engendered in the selfless ensemble play of Bujo Kevin Jones & the Tenth World band.

Bujo is a percussionist in the ancient future mode. Heavily steeped in ancestral spirits he is nonetheless a modern man whose technique and approach to the hand drums and miscellaneous percussion encompasses several traditions. A native of Englewood, New Jersey, Jones grew up in a household immersed in music, from Charlie Parker and Grant Green to John Coltrane. Jones traces his percussion prowess from the age-old academy of the streets. He has evolved an increasingly comprehensive approach to his instruments, commanding respect on stages ranging from the Isley Brothers, a stint which he held down for 13 years, to Whitney Houston to Winard Harper and Reggie Workman. Those streets, plus liberal doses of the experiences he derived from such seemingly disparate bandstands, can be found in hearty abundance on his debut recording for Motema Music.
Immersed in music through the drum since the tender age of 10, Jones learned music by the seat of his pants. Neighborhood drummers were prone to testifying on park benches and front lawns, hand drums and various percussive enhancements in tow; their massaging, pulsating, skin-on-skins thoroughly hooked the impressionable youngster. Later on, future cohorts like Motema Music artist and master percussionist Babatunde Lea (producer of Tenth World) provided further sustenance and impetus for Bujo to reach the next level, from acolyte to practitioner. Though not Latino, Jones found himself magnetically attracted to Latin music, particularly the Latin Soul sounds that permeated the New York/New Jersey byways during the late 60s/early 70s; sounds by Nuyorican artists like Joe Cuba, Joe Bataan, and assorted Fania soul-seros. He became immersed in Afro-Cuban flavors through the influence and teaching of fellow percussionists Lea, Steve Kroon, and Richie “Pablo” Landrum, who taught the youngster at one of New York’s premier music academies, Jazzmobile. Currently Luisito Quintero, coincidentally now a member of Tenth World, provides ongoing lessons.

As a professional, in addition to the Isleys, Whitney, Harper, and Workman, Bujo has graced the bandstands of Archie Shepp, Benny Powell, T.K. Blue, Randy Weston, Hilton Ruiz, Mario Rivera, and hip hop artist Q-Tip among a gang of affiliations. Additionally he passes on the multitude of lessons he’s learned on the bandstand and in the street academies to the next generation, through his ongoing teaching residency with the Bronx Arts Ensemble and workshops with other youth organizations.

Philosophically Kevin Jones is among those insightful artists who feel that their music must strive for that delicate balance between true creativity and entertaining enlightenment. “I believe that people want to be entertained,” he says. “I’m not suggesting that we become entertainers, that we have to lower the level of our musicianship, but people want to go to a club and enjoy themselves, and sometimes the music has become a bit too cerebral. I think music should be more selfless than selfish. I’m here for the people because without the people there would be no music; I could sit at home and play to satisfy myself.” That attitude of skillfully balancing creativity and the art of improvisation with a good groove and an innate ability to convey some sunshine to its listeners is inherent in the work of Bujo Kevin Jones on Tenth World.