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Darryl Jones

Darryl Jones (born December 11, 1961), also known as "The Munch", is an American bass guitarist. He is highly regarded for his stylish bass-playing in jazz, blues, and rock music. He is the second concert and recording bassist in the continuing four-decade legacy of the legendary rock and roll band, The Rolling Stones.Jones is African-American and was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He joined Miles Davis' band in 1983, was mentored as a young jazz musician protege by Mr. Davis, and played bass guitar on the Miles Davis albums Decoy (1984) and You're under Arrest (1985). Jones has worked with jazz recording artists Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Mike Stern, John Scofield, and Steps Ahead, as well as touring pop and rock artists Sting, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Eric Clapton and Joan Armatrading.Jones, the ever-reliable yet stylish playing bassist, has performed and recorded with The Rolling Stones band since founding bassist Bill Wyman's well-earned retirement-departure from touring in 1993. In the manner of several loyal veteran tour and recording 'side-men' performers for The Rolling Stones band, such as saxist Bobby Keys and keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Jones' stage posturing, movement and audience interaction is understated, he wears non-concert-themed apparel on stage, and does not have a financial participation in band's worldwide publishing, recording and concert touring enterprises.Jones has routinely toured and recorded with The Rolling Stones band approaching two decades, and has faithfully honored and maintained the legacy inherited from founding bassist Wyman of one of rock and roll's historic band rhythm sections, also featuring founding drummer Charlie Watts, which is the rigorous, driving and unyielding rhythm foundation, in concert and studio, for front-men guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood as they pursue their flashy complex and highly synchronized exchanges of lead-rhythm roles in "the ancient art of (guitar) weaving" and, of course, front-man vocalist (and nobleman) Mick Jagger. Known for precise and colorful bass 'fill' playing, Jones has introduced and established his American blues and jazz-rooted bass playing methods, which differ from Wyman's playing, into the British band's standard repertoire which has enhanced and kept fresh the band's concert performances and body of work; the band's present performances of Motown standards being the boldest and clearest examples of Jones' influence. In turn, his association with the band has enhanced Jones' concert stagecraft and his ever-growing reputation among fellow professional musicians, the worldwide recording industry, and his fans on all continents.Jones has his own Signature Lakland model bass guitar, available in 4 and 5-string versions, with the choice of rosewood or maple fingerboard with pearloid block inlays, 21 jumbo frets and cream neck binding.