Lonnie – or Louis – Jones recorded a session or two for that doyen of New Orleans soulmen Charles Brimmer, who issued a couple of 45s on the Jenmark label, one of the vast array of imprints run by that most engagingly incorrigible of music men Senator Jones. Three of the four tunes are uptempo, probably the best of which is the lively chugging “You’ve Got To Do Better”, although I wouldn’t overlook the dancers favourite “Treat Your Baby Right” which has some of the feel of Wardell Q’s Malaco recordings, and some fine chord changes.
But of course the cream cut is the ballad She’s My Baby. This is a minor keyed blues sung with considerable skill and touch by Lonnie, with some tasteful horn charts adding to the atmosphere. The bridge which features a short trumpet solo is amongst the best moments of a very fine piece of music.
Treat your baby right / She’s my baby ~ JENMARK 101 (1971)
Actions speak louder than words / You got to do better ~ JENMARK 103 (1972)
Come and get it / I can’t help myself ~ CRESCENT CITY (1970s)
Heartquake / Inst ~ DESSA 79-4 (1979)
Note ~ You can find “She’s My Lady” on the Goldenlane set of CDs entitled “R & B Soul Classics”.
Thanks to Bob McGrath for extra discographical info.