Jones was one of the greatest drummers of snare-drum technique, and based his solos around that particular piece. He perfected a rim shot that he performed following one of the others' solos and many other drummers started copying the "Philly Joe move." Jones' drug habit grated Miles the wrong way and after continued money and drug problems, Davis fired Jones (and Coltrane).
Jones went on to form his own group in the late Fifties and played accompaniment on many other records, such as Art Pepper meets the rhythm section and Coltrane's Blue Train. In the Sixties he fell out of the spotlight, as Tony Williams and Elvin Jones became the star drummers. He lived in England and France from 1967-72 and taught the local talent.
He returned to the states and worked regularly in Philadelphia, leading the fusion group Le Grand Prix, working with Bill Evans, and releasing an album in the late Seventies. In 1981, he formed Dameronia, a group dedicated to playing Tadd Dameron's compositions.