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50th Anniversary Blue Notes (September 1969) & More

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First show of the month and that means September Blue Note 50th anniversary celebrations of sessions by Elvin Jones, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter and Candido. In honor of Blue Note's 80th anniversary we go way back in the vault to continue our numerical issue 78 rpm retrospective— this time BN-13 from Sidney Bechet. There's 21st century music from trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, UK pianist Sarah Tandy & bassist Per Mathisen (with wicked guitar work from Ulf Wakenius!). Along the way, a ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Jazz from Detroit

Read "Jazz from Detroit" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Jazz from Detroit Mark Stryker 342 pages ISBN: 978-0472074266 University of Michigan Press 2019 When music journalist Mark Stryker left the Detroit Free Press in 2016, yet another casualty of the ineluctable downsizing occurring at news outlets all over the country, jazz fans throughout metro Detroit feared they were losing a trusted voice, one that had edified listeners across the jazz and classical music spectrum for twenty years. But fortunately, this didn't mean ...

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Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: September 1968

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This week we celebrate Blue Note sessions that are 50 years old this month by Lee Morgan, Elvin Jones, Duke Pearson, Eddie Gale, Jack Wilson & The 3 Sounds. But we start with two tracks from trombonist, vocalist and Baton Rouge native David L. Harris who appeared at Chorum Hall in Baton Rouge on September 7th with a tribute to Nat King Cole (who will have his centennial in 2019). Playlist David L. Harris “DJ's Induction" ...

FILM REVIEWS

Elvin Jones: Jazz Machine

Read "Elvin Jones: Jazz Machine" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Elvin Jones Jazz Machine View Video 2009 Elvin Jones may have established himself as one of the greatest drummers of all time, but equally important to him was his nurturing of young musicians. His Jazz Machine opened the door to several upcoming musicians, including Delfeayo Marsalis, Antoine Roney and Ravi Coltrane. He characteristically took delight in their playing, thus forging an emphatic bond. His attitude also served to enrich the music of the ...

FILM REVIEWS

Elvin Jones: Jazz Machine

Read "Elvin Jones: Jazz Machine" reviewed by Graham L. Flanagan

Elvin Jones Jazz Machine View Video 2008 Some might argue that Elvin Jones was, along with Art Blakey, one of the top two hard bop jazz drummers of all time. In the '60s, he cemented his legend on numerous John Coltrane recordings and performances and what might be Jones' most-underrated work also emerged during that decade: trios and quartets under the leadership of guitarist Grant Green featuring organist Larry Young and a trio ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Elvin Jones Jazz Machine: The Truth: Heard Live at the Blue Note

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Recorded five years before his passing earlier this year, The Truth: Heard Live at the Blue Note paints a picture of Elvin Jones before ill health weakened his powerful and individual style. With an expanded version of his Jazz Machine that includes saxophonist Antoine Roney, trombonist Robin Eubanks, trumpeter Darren Barrett, pianist Carlos McKinney, long-time musical companion and bassist Gene Perla, and guest saxophonist Michael Brecker on two tracks, Jones' signature polyrhythmic approach and muscular sound are in full evidence. ...

PROFILES

Elvin Jones 1927-2004: A True Moment In Time

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Elvin Jones, one of the most influential and accomplished drummers in history, passed away Tuesday May 18 due to heart failure. Most notable for his work with John Coltrane, he helped to revolutionize the way jazz and contemporary music are heard and played. Described by Louie Bellson as “Mother Earth coming alive with syncopation," there isn't a drummer today in the world of jazz and contemporary music that hasn't felt his influence. Born on September 9, 1927, ...

OPINION

Good-bye, Elvin

Read "Good-bye, Elvin" reviewed by Ronald B. Weber, MD

On May 18, 2004 the world lost perhaps the most influential drummer of all time, Elvin Jones . He happened to be one of my heroes. Incredibly muscular and robust most of his life, Elvin succumbed to chronic heart failure. For those of us who knew him, it seemed inconceivable that he could become as frail as he was described near the end of life.The youngest of ten, Elvin was born in Pontiac, Michigan, growing up in a ...

PROFILES

Elvin Jones: In Memoriam

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Elvin Jones: September 9, 1927 - May 18, 2004

AAJ pays special tribute to the life and legacy of drummer Elvin Jones...

“I feel very, very gratified when people are complimentary to what I have done or appreciated it with sincerity... It makes me feel that maybe I did do something that was proper and that was right."

~ Elvin Jones

The heaviest cat I ever knew... no question. He was way beyond the music--he really knew the deal! What ...

PROFILES

Happy Birthday Elvin Jones!

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Legendary drummer Elvin Jones is turning 75 on September 9th, and to celebrate the occasion Jones is performing at the Blue Note for two weeks. The celebration kicks off on Jones' birthday, and that night Jones' group, the Jazz Machine, will perform with special guest Wynton Marsalis.

Jones' relationship with Marsalis goes back many years. “Wynton's a good friend. I first saw him and his brother Branford when they were playing with Art Blakey at a jazz festival in Florida. ...

FIRST TIME I SAW

Coda For Elvin

Read "Coda For Elvin" reviewed by Rob Mariani

Coda: a musical passage used to conclude a movement.

It had been over 40 years since I'd seen Elvin Jones in person. Now here he was at 72-plus years of age, appearing with his Jazz Machine at the Regattabar in Cambridge, Mass., an exquisitely intimate room with a sound just perfect for acoustic jazz. Outside a March rainstorm swept the streets and tapped staccato notes on the windows. As the place began to fill up, I estimated that ...

INTERVIEWS

Elvin Jones: Drumming Icon is Still Cooking

Read "Elvin Jones: Drumming Icon is Still Cooking" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

The name Elvin Jones conjures up a distinct image right away. You can see him seated behind his drum set, slightly hunched, arms awhirl; cranking out a firestorm of rhythms highlighted by crackling accents that fall at unexpected moments, giving the music just the right propulsion. He's been one of jazz music's preeminent drummers for years and years, playing with all the greats. For decades now, he's led his own bands, as well as graced the albums of ...


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