Tag Archives: Elvin Jones

The Joyful, Continuing Path of a Musical Self-Education

  SKF NOTE: I found a monaural cut-out copy of John Coltrane’s Africa/Brass album in a drugstore on a wire display rack filled with cut-out albums. Africa/Brass is the John Coltrane Quartet with a big band. That was my introduction … Continue reading

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Elvin Jones Session Photo (1963)

SKF NOTE: Nice Charles Stewart photo of Elvin Jones during an October 1963 recording session for Johnny Hartman’s I Just Dropped By To Say Hello album.

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Coltrane on Playing, Steadily, Steadily, Every Night

SKF NOTE: Black Giants is a 1970 book collection of interviews and essays with/about some of the “New Jazz” prime movers, i.e. Elvin Jones, Archie Shepp, and John Coltrane. Contributor Frank Kofsky‘s Septermber 1967 interview with John Coltrane has Coltrane’s view … Continue reading

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Elvin Jones: Developing Independent Coordination?

SKF NOTE: Re-listening to familiar music CD’s or re-reading old books and magazines for the first time in a long time can reveal surprises. For example, the March 1985 Modern Drummer “Ask A Pro” section has an Elvin Jones gem. … Continue reading

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Haynes with Coltrane: No One Was Dependent on One Person

SKF NOTE: Between 1961 and 1965 Roy Haynes, subbing for Elvin Jones, made some classic recordings as part of the John Coltrane Quartet, including a live 1963 recording at the Newport Jazz Festival. The Haynes/Coltrane recordings were released in 1978 on … Continue reading

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Jazz Toilets and Hallowed Ground

SKF NOTE: Jazz toilet. Who coined that phrase, I don’t know. It refers to small, noisy, crowded, smoke-filled bars and clubs where most of our great jazz musicians worked at one time or another. This photo of Elvin Jones, included in … Continue reading

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Elvin & Miles: 18 Year Photo Mystery Solved!

SKF NOTE: May 19, 1961, Miles Davis and the Gil Evans Orchestra performed their legendary concert at Carnegie Hall. In 1998 Columbia/Legacy released a 2-CD package of the entire concert with extra songs not included with any earlier releases of … Continue reading

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