Thread: Elvin Jones
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:23 AM
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Default Re: Elvin Jones

Originally Posted by WhoIsTony? View Post
if you listen to the record you can plainly hear that it is almost more of a progressive folk album than a jazz album

I was studying with Elvin during the time this album was recorded in NY and San Francisco ..... he enjoyed it very much... he loved stepping out of what was expected of him and playing what the music asked for .

Elvin said to me many times.... "play music man, just play music... don't play drums, drums are boring,... don't get all drummy play music"

can you imagine Elvin playing on Moon River on that album the way he plays on Resolution ???.... I cannot.... it would have destroyed the personality and integrity of the Bills work... and he knew that

it still sounds 100% Elvin to me .... his groans and growls are there... his intensity is there ....his little flows and tendencies are there...... it's all there just in a different mood

Elvin was a lot of things.... but a one trick pony he was not and this album proves that

fantastic drumming all over that record .... just amazing
Thank you both Elvin and "WhoIsTony?" for the drumming/ music lesson.
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