Tim Jones is one of those oddballs that you can neither imagine nor plan for. Back in the 1980s Jones performed in Las Vegas lounges under the name of Preacherman. He used to bring a wooden puppet on stage with him named T. J. Hustler, and the pair would engage in philosophical back-and-forths between the psychedelic funk numbers that Jones pounded out on a Hammond/Moog Frankensynth. Now Luaka Bop have snapped up some of the rare-as-hen’s-teeth tracks Jones cut at the time for this compilation. These are highly idiosyncratic numbers that wed home-spun dance grooves to the simultaneously focussed and free-form musings of a singular mind. In Preacherman Plays T. J. Hustler’s Greatest Hits, the label may have another Who Is William Onyeabor? situation on their hands.
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