Elvin Jones Rewrote Jazz Drumming

SKF NOTE: From my box of old jazz newspaper clippings comes this March 5, 1992 Peter Watrous review of Elvin Jones’s band at the Blue Note.

“Mr. Jones rewrote jazz drumming in the 1960’s as a member of the John Coltrane quartet. He made the phrase, in all its variety, more important than the rigid delineation of the bar line. As a result, he opened up jazz to a loose, more fluid rhythmic idea. His innovations reflected the era: there’s a searching quality to his playing, a willingness to experiment.”

Reading these older “eyes on” accounts of jazz greats such as Elvin Jones is often fun and instructive.

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