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Elvin Jones


Elvin Ray Jones was a jazz drummer. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan, the youngest child in a family of ten. His father worked for General Motors. Two of Jones' brothers were also jazz musicians: Hank (piano), and Thad (trumpet/flugelhorn). Elvin began playing professionally in the 1940s, working with the Army Special Services program, Operation Happiness, and in 1949 had a short-lived gig in Detroit's Grand River Street club. Eventually he went on to play with artists such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Wardell Gray. In 1955, after a failed audition for the Benny Goodman band, he found work in New York, joining Charles Mingus's band, and releasing a record called J is for Jazz. In 1960, he joined with the classic John Coltrane Quartet, which also included bassist Jimmy Garrison and pianist McCoy Tyner. Jones and Coltrane often played extended duet passages, both giving and taking energy through their instruments


Article: Album Review

Gerald Cannon: Live At Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy

Read "Live At Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In June 2022, bassist Gerald Cannon assembled an all-star septet to perform compositions by his late friends and musical colleagues, drummer Elvin Jones and pianist McCoy Tyner, in concert at Dizzy's Club in New York City. It is a respectable blowing session, with capable solos by all hands, albeit a tad less than one might expect ...


Article: Chats with Cats

The Jazz Photographer: Philip Arneill

Read "The Jazz Photographer: Philip Arneill" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

I always find it fascinating when art forms collide. In this case, photography and music. Of course, each has their commonalities but they also have their differences. And, when an artist of one medium can intersect with another medium, their perspective is going to be very interesting. In this case, not only is there a crossing ...


Article: Touchstone Album Picks

Eddie Henderson: Everything Changes

Read "Eddie Henderson: Everything Changes" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Eddie Henderson made his name in Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band in the early 1970s, at the dawn of jazz-fusion--a new frontier. It was undoubtedly a launching pad that saw the New York-born trumpeter go on to play with Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Elvin Jones, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and McCoy Tyner. Yet ...


Article: Interview

Eddie Henderson: Polishing The Mirror of Truth

Read "Eddie Henderson: Polishing The Mirror of Truth" reviewed by Steven Roby

When a jazz musician rolls into jny: Denver for a performance, it's not often that a documentary film and immersive art exhibition await them. But jazz great Eddie Henderson is no ordinary musician, nor has he led an ordinary life. A few hours before Henderson played a two-show set at Denver's premier jazz venue, ...


Article: Album Review

Alma Tree: Sonic Alchemy Suprema

Read "Sonic Alchemy Suprema" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

New York native Ra Kalam Bob Moses grew up in the same building as Max Roach, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. Early on he saw performances by many of the best jazz drummers in history, including Roy Haynes, Rashied Ali, Milford Graves, Billy Higgins, and Ed Blackwell. As a teenager in the mid-1960s, he played with ...

Article: Album Review

Roberto Ottaviano: Eternal Love People

Read "Eternal Love People" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Fin dagli anni Ottanta, Roberto Ottaviano ha coltivato relazioni strette e feconde con la scena internazionale, particolarmente quella creativa europea. La stessa che proprio nel periodo precedente aveva sviluppato spinte notevoli, al punto da essere considerata trainante e prevalente pure dagli osservatori d'oltreoceano. Il musicista ha mantenuto e ravvivato questo rapporto, in particolare attraverso la collaborazione ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lafayette Gilchrist, John McLaughlin, Cannonball Adderley and More

Read "Lafayette Gilchrist, John McLaughlin, Cannonball Adderley and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This is an older show from December 2021 that features several different pianists and saxophonists. Musicians heard include Lafayette Gilchrist, Cannonball Adderley, John McLaughlin, Noah Haidu, Chet Doxas, and more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) ...


Article: Liner Notes

Yuri Honing: North Sea Jazz Legendary Concerts

Read "Yuri Honing: North Sea Jazz Legendary Concerts" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's fitting that saxophonist, composer and quiet visionary Yuri Honing should be acknowledged as one of the pivotal voices in the history of the Netherland's world-renowned North Sea Jazz festival, described in 1990 by Jazz Times as “the best jazz festival in the world." Honing's first appearance at the NSJF's was in 1995, where he performed ...


Article: Album Review

Gerald Cannon: Live At Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy

Read "Live At Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

In the heart of the jazz universe, bassist Gerald Cannon pays homage to a couple of legendary figures Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner with his album Live at Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy. Not only is the recording an acknowledgement of the many years Cannon spent playing with Elvin and McCoy, but it ...


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