Born: July 4, 1955
Rented Mule is a high energy jazz-rock band with players hailing from Phila. and New York. A group of seasoned jazz players, (who haved performed with Rashid Ali, Sun Ra, David Amram, Billy Bang and Badal Roy,) have come together to create jazz that funks. Rented Mule is currently #27 on CMJ.
Don Jones studied under Phil Lightfoot, Darryl Brown and Gerry Brown. He has performed with Sun Ra, Sonny Stitt, Pharoah Sanders, Monette Sudler, Gloria Gaynor, The Orlons, Danny and the Jrs, The Drifters, Tymes, Bo Diddley, David Amram, Bonnie Raitt and has also played with Eastern Standard Time, Forecast and White Elephant....
RENTED MULE JAZZ
RENTED MULE/X: Two cats that have been around forever and played with everyone round up some like minded young bloods for a set that’s an homage to the accessible side of Miles’ funk excursions of the 70s and the like minded works of his acolytes. Managing to be original and not derivative, this has the special sauce those looking for that look back are looking for. A tasty retro slice of fusion before it descended into yukiness.
Volume 32/Number 218
June 5, 2009