Jazz Blog Special: Joe Thomas, ‘Joy of Cookin”

by Carl Abernathy on May 22, 2009

The funky jazz cover of Sly Stone’s “Thank You (Fall Etin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)” might be the biggest attraction of flautist Joe Thomas’ “Joy of Cookin’,” but “Soul Sermon” is the album’s emotional centerpiece.

I love the song because it’s the best showcase on the album for Jimmy Ponder, one of my favorite jazz guitarists. Jiggs Chase plays some pretty slinky organ parts on the tune, too. The album’s other highlight is “Dr. Ritota,” which also features some extraordinary guitar runs by Ponder.

I’m usually ambivalent about the use of flutes in jazz. But make ’em funky and I’ll always get on the groove train.

(Jazz Blog Special is a regular feature that examines older jazz albums worth checking out.)

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