ROBERT C. JONES

Work Avoidance

This is where you’ll find some of my favorite work avoidance activities

String Theory

Commune with the oscillations of Django, Wes, Jimi, Jaco, Brother Duane, Zappa, Sco, Metheny, Holdsworth, and beyond…

String Theory broadcasts on KZFR 90.1FM Chico, California and at kzfr.org


Program 007: January 15, 2018

Tony MacAlpine, Bunny Brunel, & Dennis Chambers “Night Splash” (5:20) from CAB (2000)
Duane and Gregg Allman “God Rest His Soul”(4:02) from Duane and Gregg Allman (Demos) (1968)
Robert Johnson “Cross Road Blues” (2:28) from Cross Road Blues (1937)
Robert Johnson “Rambling on my Mind” (2:53) from Rambling on my Mind (1936)
Son House “Death Letter” (4:21) from Father of Folk Blues (1965)
Charlie Christian “Till Tom Special” (3:01)  from The Genius of the Electric Jazz Guitar: Chapter 1 (1940)
Charlie Christian “Gone With “What” Wind” (3:19) from The Genius of the Electric Jazz Guitar: Chapter 1 (1940)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe “Didn’t It Rain” (3:50) from American Folk Blues Festivals 1963-1966: The British Tours (1964)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe “Trouble in Mind” (3:54) from American Folk Blues Festivals 1963-1966: The British Tours (1964)
John Lee Hooker “That`s My Story” (4:36) from That’s My Story (2007)
Jimi Hendrix “Hear My Train Comin'” (3:05) from Jimi Blues (1994)
Jimi Hendrix “Born Under A Bad Sign” (7:37) from Jimi Blues (1994)
The Oscar Moore Quartet “Roulette” (4:30) from The Oscar Moore Quartet With Carl Perkins (1954)
The Oscar Moore Quartet “Walkin Home” (5:46) from The Oscar Moore Quartet With Carl Perkins (1954)
Wes Montgomery “D-Natural Blues” (5:24) from The Incredible Jazz Guitar (1960)
George Benson “The Cooker” (4:17) from The George Benson Cookbook (1967)
George Benson “Clockwise” (4:30) from It’s Uptown (1966)
Mark Whitfield “The Marksman” (7:44) from The Marksman (1990)
Kevin Eubanks “The Heat of Heat” (5:05) from The Heat of Heat (1987)
Stanley Jordan “Angel” (4:14) from Magic Touch (1985)
Greg Howe “Tempest Pulse” (5:21) from Wheelhouse (2017)
Tony MacAlpine, Bunny Brunel, & Dennis Chambers “Bernard” (4:37) from CAB (2000)
Stanley Clarke “Life Is Just a Game” (8:59) from School Days (1976)

Program 006: January 1, 2018

Miles Davis “John Mclaughlin” (4:26) from Bitches Brew (1970)
Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip “John McLaughlin/Les Bres in A Minor” (4:26) from John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring: A Meeting of the Spirits: November 4, 2017: The Capitol Theatre (2017)
Jimmy Herring “Hope” (6:41) from Subject to Change Without Notice (2012)
John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring: A Meeting of the Spirits “Meeting of the Spirits” (8:49) from John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring: A Meeting of the Spirits: November 4, 2017: The Capitol Theatre (2017)
John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring: A Meeting of the Spirits “Eternity’s Breath 1 & 2” (6:59) from John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring: A Meeting of the Spirits: November 4, 2017: The Capitol Theatre (2017)
Mahavishnu Orchestra “The Dance of the Maya” (7:18) from >Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
Michael Thompson “I Rule” (3:43) from M.T. Speaks (2005)
Steve Morse “Get It in Writing” (3:51) from Coast to Coast (1992)
Dave Brusco “Change of Heart” (4:00) from Barabbas McTaint (2017)
Jazz Is Dead “Blues For Allah Medley” (11:53) from Blue Light Rain (1998)
John Mclaughlin “New York On My Mind” (5:46) from Electric Guitarist (1970)
Eric Johnson “To Whom It May Concern” (3:55) from Collage (2017)
Jim Oblon “Wrapped Up in Your Love Again” (6:36) from Sunset (2014)
Doyle Bramhall II “Hear That Train a Comin'” (5:08) from Rich Man (2016)

Bonus Broadcast: Miles Ahead, Miles Behind
December 3, 2017

Miles Ahead, Miles Behind broadcasts on KZFR 90.1FM Chico, California and at kzfr.org

Pat Martino “Impressions” (4:37) from Consciousness (1974)
Pat Martino “On the Stairs” (5:33) from Consciousness (1974)
Jim Hall “Stompin’ at the Savoy” (4:03) from Jazz Guitar (1957)
Jim Hall “Tangerine” from (3:52) Jazz Guitar (1957)
Jim Hall “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” (7:04) from Concierto (1974)
Jim Hall “Two’s Blues” (3:00) from Concierto (1974)
Bill Evans & Jim Hall “My Funny Valentine” (5:21) from Undercurrent (1962)
Jim Hall & Pat Metheny “Lookin Up” (4:34) from Jim Hall & Pat Metheny (1999)
Pat Metheny “Bright Size Life” (4:45) from Bright Size Life (1976)
Jaco Pastorius “Soul Intro/The Chicken” (7:36) from Invitation (1983)
Charlie Parker “Donna Lee” (2:34) from Yardbird Suite (1947)
Jaco Pastorius “Donna Lee” (2:27) from Jaco Pastorius (1976)
Jaco Pastorius “Three Views of a Secret” (6:09) from Word of Mouth (1981)
Weather Report “Birdland” from (5:59) Heavy Weather (1977)
Weather Report “Teen Town” from (2:51) Heavy Weather (1977)
Thundercat “Uh Huh” (2:16) from Drunk (2017)
Jaco Pastorius “Invitation” (6:55) from Invitation (1983)
Weather Report “Havona” (6:03) from Heavy Weather (1977)
Frank Sinatra & Count Basie “Fly Me to the Moon” (2:28) from It Might As Well Be Swing (1964)
Frank Sinatra “Summer Wind” (2:27) from Strangers in the Night (1966)
Tony Bennett & Bill Evans “Make Someone Happy” (3:53) from Together Again (1975)


Program 005: December 4, 2017

Altered “Seven Chickens/The Chicken” (5:08) from Altered (2003)
Marco Mendoza “Higher Ground-Teen Town Medley” (7:59) from Live in L.A. (1998)
Weather Report “Teen Town” (2:51) from Heavy Weather (1977)
Thundercat “Uh Uh” (2:16) from Drunk (2017)
Weather Report “Havona” (6:03) from Heavy Weather (1977)
Kashmere Stage Band “Kashmere” (4:57) from Texas Thunder Soul (1968-1974) (1974)
Me’shell NdegéOcello “I’m Diggin You (Like an Old Soul Record)” (4:25) from Plantation Lullibies (1993)
Hipster Assassins “Teen Town” (8:12) from Jaco Pastorius Tribute Live at The Iridium (2009)
Jaco Pastorius “Slang” (4:04) from Shadows and Light (1980)
Biréli Lagrène “Three Views of a Secret” (6:17) from Acoustic Moments (1990)
Bunny Brunel “Continuum” (7:09) from Invent Your Future (2015)
Scott Henderson “Continuum” (4:00) from Tore Down House (1997)
The Allman Brothers Band “Statesboro Blues” (7:07) from Live At the Atlanta International Pop Festival July 3 & 5, 1970 (1970)
The Allman Brothers Band “Stand Back” (3:27) from Eat a Peach (1972)
Duane Allman “Happily Married Man” (2:41) from Duane Allman: An Anthology, Vol. II [Disc 1] (1970)
King Curtis “The Weight” (2:45) from Duane Allman: An Anthology, Vol. II [Disc 1] (1969)
The Allman Brothers Band “Don’t Keep Me Wondering” (3:46) from Live At the Atlanta International Pop Festival July 3 & 5, 1970 (1970)
Eric Johnson “Red House” (4:51) from Tribute Concert For Jimi Hendrix (1990)
Jimi Hendrix “Once I Had a Woman” (7:49) from Jimi Blues (1994)
Doyle Bramhall II “Hear My Train a Comin'” (5:08) from Rich Man (2016)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Axis: Bold As Love” (4:12) from Axis: Bold as Love (1967)


Program 004: November 13, 2017

Adrien Moignard & Gonzalo Bergara “Django’s Tiger” (3:18) from Clasico (2013)
Larry Coryell & Philip Catherine “Transvested Express” (5:20) from Splendid (1978)
Adrien Moignard “Some Skunk Funk” (5:10) from All the Way (2010)
Billy Jones “Gone Now” (6:36) from 3’s A Crowd (2017)
Ralph Towner “Nardis” (5:42) from Ralph Towner: Solo Concert (1980)
Stanley Clarke “Desert Song” (6:54) from School Days (1976)
Eric Johnson “Dusty” (1:39) from Live from Hop Singh’s (1984)
Joe Maphis “Six By Twelve” (2:12) from The Complete Twelve String Story (2008)
Adrien Moignard & Gonzalo Bergara “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (3:07) from Clasico (2013)
Django Reinhardt “Limehouse Blues” (2:50) from The Classic Early Recordings in Chronological Order, Disc 4 (1936)
Joe Pass “Limehouse Blues” (3:07) from Virtuoso #2 (1977)
Tim Miller “Lift” (5:07) from Trio Vol 3 (2017)
Bug “Dark Matter” (6:07) from The Gadfly (2009)
Shawn Lane “Kaiser Nancarrow” (4:43) from The Tri-Tone Fascination (1999)
Ogden Edsl “Only White People Dance Like That” (3:34) from Mower of the Ogden Edsl (1995)
Frank Zappa “Po-Jama People” (7:43) from One Size Fits All (1975)
Bunny Brunel “Continuum” (7:09) from Invent Your Future (2015)
Johnny Jenkins “Walk on Gilded Splinters” (5:16) from Duane Allman: An Anthology Vol. II, Disc 2 (1970)
Tedeschi Trucks Band “Part of Me” (4:08) from Made Up Mind (2013)
John Scofield “Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely” (5:07) from Überjam Deux (2013)
Frank Zappa “St. Etienne” (6:27) from Jazz From Hell (1986)


Program 003: November 6, 2017

Scott Henderson “Dolemite” (5:52) from Tore Down House (1997)
Kung Fu “Do the Right Thing” (5:03) from Tsar Bomba (2014)
The Aquarium Rescue Unit “Hurt No More” (3:43)  from The Calling (2003)
Elvis Schoenberg’s Orchestre Surréal “Foxey Lady” (5:32) from Manic Voodoo Lady: A Tribute to Hendrix (2009)
Frank Zappa “Peaches and Regalia” (3:39) from Hot Rats (1969)
Eric Johnson “Cliffs of Dover”(4:10) from Ah Via Musicom (1990)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience “One Rainy Wish” (3:42) from Axis: Bold as Love (1967)
Chris Cooper “Fireflies” (3:52) from Lines (2012)
Allan Holdsworth “Checking Out” (3:40) from I.O.U. (1982)
The Colin Mandel Group “The End of Childhood Summers” (9:39) from Strange and Savage Tales (1995)
Dixie Dregs “Long Slow Distance” (6:46) from Night of the Living Dregs (1978)
The Aristocrats “Pig’s Day Off” (6:04) from Tres Caballeros (2015)
Altered “Winter Sun” (7:27) from Angular (2008)
Tribal Tech “Dr. Hee” (6:52) from Dr. Hee (1987)
Mahavishnu Orchestra “Hope” (1:59) from Birds of Fire (1973)
The Fents “The Skunk” (3:32) from First Offense (1982)
Jeff Beck “The Final Peace” (3:39) from There and Back (1980)
Goh Nakamura “Telemachus” (1:43) from Ulysses (2008)
Guthrie Govan “Eric” (5:05) from Erotic Cakes (2006)
European Mantra “In Memoriam Guitar Heroes” (2:52) from 5 (2006)


Program 002: October 23, 2017

Mahavishnu Orchestra “Meeting of the Spirits” (6:53) from The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
John McLaughlin “New York on My Mind” (5:46) from Electric Guitarist (1978)
Frank Zappa “Black Napkins” (4:15) from Zoot Allures (1976)
Frank Zappa “Zoot Allures” (4:16) from Zoot Allures (1976)
Steve Vai “Call It Sleep” (5:09) from Flex-Able (1984)
Guthrie Govan “Uncle Skunk” (5:29) from Erotic Cakes (2006)
Dixie Dregs “Odyssey” (7:37) from What If (1978)
Altered “Angular” (4:16) from Angular (2008)
Allan Holdsworth “Letters of Marque” (7:04) from I.O.U. (1982)
Wayne Krantz “But I Know It When I See It” (6:39) from Long to be Loose (1993)
Tribal Tech “Bofat” (8:35) from Nomad (1990)
Lyle Brewer “Somerville Shuffle” (5:22) from Wicked Live! (2012)
Latent Pop Tendencies “Ignant Shuffle” (10:21) from The Zenith Of Dixie (2004)
The Fents “Baxter Ward” (3:55) from First Offense (1982)
Jeff Beck “Blue Wind” (5:54) from Wired (1976)
Jimmy Herring “Aberdeen” (6:31) from Subject to Change Without Notice (2012)
Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble “Riviera Paradise” (8:51) from In Step (1989)
The Derek Trucks Band “This Sky” (6:32) from Songlines (2008)


Program 001: October 9, 2017

Tony Williams Lifetime “Proto Cosmos” (4:03) from Believe It (1975)
Code 3 “Switchback” from (5:59) Lift Off! (2004)
The Fents “Stick in the Mud” (4:58) from First Offense (1982)
European Mantra “Help, Help” (5:56) from Unknown
Tribal Tech “Face First” (7:05) from Face First (1993)
Jimmy Herring “Scapegoat Blues” (6:37) from Lifefboat (2008)
Charlie Hunter Trio “Greasy Granny” (4:57) from Bing, Bing, Bing! (1995)
The Marcus King Band “Plant Your Corn Early” (5:08) from The Marcus King Band (2016)
Elvis Schoenberg’s Orchestre Surréal “Fire” (3:44) from Manic Voodoo Lady: A Tribute to Hendrix (2009)
Bill Frisell “Just Like a Woman” (4:50) from Have A Little Faith (1993)
Duke Levine “Slowly Fading Out of Sight” (5:33) from The Fade Out (2016)
Bug “Three Weeks” (6:53) from The Optimist (2015)
Pat Metheny, Dave Holland & Roy Haynes “All the Things You Are” (8:26) from Question and Answer (1989)
Wayne Krantz “Signals” (5:32) from Signals (1991)
Jeff Sipe Trio “Trumpets” (3:00) from Jeff Sipe Trio (2014)
Sheryl Bailey “Gogo A Gogo” (4:04) from Little Misunderstood (1995)
Tribal Tech “Mango Prom” (6:47) from Dr. Hee (1987)
Dixie Dregs “Hereafter” (6:23) from Dregs of the Earth (1980)


Music


My Radio Tribute to Walter Becker

October 1, 2017, “Audio Fix“, KZFR 90.1 FM, Chico


Philosophy of Biology at Dolphin Beach XI – August 2017

Sitting in with Ronnie P. and the Free-riders


“The Random Pick”

Doing a radio show with Nathan Jones, July 6, 2017


 

 

Radio Tribute to Allan Holdsworth

My tribute to the late Allan Holdsworth:


My Interview with Ted Greene

I conducted this interview with guitar legend Ted Greene in February 1995. I had planned on finding an outlet to publish it, but Ted never got back to me on the edits and I let it go. Sadly, Ted left us 10 years after this interview, on July 23, 2005. I just recently came upon this file on an old backup hard drive and decided to publish it here on my website. Enjoy!
-RCJ

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Photo courtesy Leon White

Combine the logic of Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock with the passion and soul of Ray Charles, the unassuming and humble nature of a Gandhi, and the expanse and depth of a modern day Da Vinci, and the product might well be chord alchemist and pedagogical guru Ted Greene. A thoughtful and soft-spoken artist, Ted loves sharing his fretboard knowledge with those fortunate enough to make the pilgrimage to his humble home. His four books, including Chord Chemistry and Modern Chord Progressions, have been cited as essential texts by venerated players and teachers. The treasury of chord voicings found therein stretch the mind, muscles, and joints (some of his fingerings I refer to as “Greene-achers”). On his stellar recording Solo Guitar, Ted practices what he preaches, expressing his sublime yet stunning contrapuntal solo-guitar abilities. I caught up with this modern-day Renaissance man at his studio in Encino, California, where we spoke about music, history, and the Zen of guitar instruction.

RCJ: Where did you come up?
TG: I was born here [in Los Angeles] and moved to Cleveland as a kid, but I grew up in New York, in a suburb called White Plains. I then came back out here in late ’63 and have been here ever since.

RCJ: Do you come from a musical family?
TG: Pretty much. My mom played pretty descent Gershwinesque piano and my dad played a pretty mean radio. The whole family is bonkers over music.

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Mulholland

Mulholland, my LA band with Dennis Martinez. Oh boy, did we rock it!

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(Call the thesaurus police on this one.)


Northern Lights

Here’s a guitar transcription I did back in the day of Steve Morse’s “Northern Lights”:

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Here’s a recording of me attempting to perform it:

And here’s how it’s supposed to sound!:


Jonesy Plays Bach

Here’s a recording of me attempting to perform Bach’s Prelude to Cello Suite No. 1:


Video

 The “That’s That” Interview! (my codswallop begins at about the 5:00 mark), March 4, 2016.


Me making a u-turn on a Harley Road King without crashing. (Not posting the 11 tries before this…)



Links

Scholars, thinkers, writers, and websites you should check out.


  • Lori Gruen, animal studies scholar, eco-feminist, activist


  • Petr Fosl, philosopher, Hume and Lebowski scholar, environmental activist




Miscellanea

Philosophy of Biology at Dolphin Beach XI – August 2017


Lebowski Fest with Troy Jollimore and the winner of the Walter look alike contest at the release of The Big Lebowski and Philosophy where Troy and I have a chapter.

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My V Star 250. A thing of beauty.

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