Still Smiling, Marveling at Elvin Jones’s Drumming

SKF NOTE: Happy birthday, Elvin Jones. Earlier this week I came across a Blue Note album I didn’t know existed: The Magnificent Thad Jones Vol. 3. What a lineup of musicians.

Alto Saxophone – Gigi Gryce
Bass – George Duvivier
Drums – Elvin Jones
Piano – Tommy Flanagan
Trombone – Benny Powell
Trumpet – Thad Jones

I’ve written before of how I came to know Elvin Jones’s drumming. Understanding Elvin’s drumming took much longer, but was well worth the studying.

Slipped Again is the first track on this Thad Jones album. Elvin’s playing is classic. At first listen, Elvin had me smiling, marveling, and sometimes mentally trying to keep time during Elvin’s drum breaks.

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