The Bassist! is an album by jazz bassist Sam Jones recorded in 1979 and released on the Interplay label.
“Virtually all of Sam Jones’ occasional dates as a leader featured him in a purely supportive role with a medium-size all-star group. This set is a bit different, for Jones is often in the forefront, heading a trio also including pianist Kenny Barron (who switches to electric piano on one song) and drummer Keith Copeland. Barron is actually the dominant soloist during a program consisting of three originals by Jones, two by Barron and the opening Thelonious Monk tune “Rhythm-A-Ning,” although Jones has his spots. Well-played post-bop music (not yet reissued on CD) that is most significant for the contributions of Barron.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.
“Rhythm-a-Ning” (Thelonious Monk) – 5:27
“Lily” (Sam Jones) – 6:07
“Seascape” (Kenny Barron) – 7:02
“Tragic Magic” (Barron) – 6:02
“The Hymn of Scorpio” (Sam Jones) – 5:05
“Bittersweet” (Sam Jones) – 5:04
Sam Jones – bass
Kenny Barron – piano
Keith Copeland – drums
Recorded: January 3, 1979
Studio: RPM Sound Studios, NYC
Producer: Toshiya Taenaka