Tag Archives: Elvin Jones

Drummer Shortcomings Lead to Innovations Pt 2 – Roy Haynes

SKF NOTE: Yesterday, 9/22/20, I wrote about Kenny Clarke’s frustration trying to play left handed snare accents while crossing his right arm over-and-above his left while keeping time on his hi-hat. His frustration was the catalyst for Clarke’s experimenting with … Continue reading

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Elvin – Friendship Made the Coltrane Quartet Special

SKF NOTE: I love Elvin Jones’s explanation of what made the Coltrane rhythm section special. And the photo here is from the booklet included with the recent Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album. “What made the Coltrane rhythm section … Continue reading

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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. I’ve written before of how I came to know … Continue reading

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Elvin with John Coltrane – Belgium 1965 (Full Performance)

SKF NOTE: Thank you, Eric Ross, for posting this whole set chance to see and hear Elvin Jones with the classic John Coltrane Quartet. It’s curious that for set’s last song, My Favorite Things, Elvin switches to a larger floor … Continue reading

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Elvin Outlines his Soloing Thought Processes

SKF NOTE: It’s not uncommon, in drum forums, for a drummer to ask for help understanding Elvin Jones’s drumming. Count me among drummers who spent a long time listening and trying to “get” what Elvin was doing during his solos, … Continue reading

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