Re: Elvin Jones
I love just about anything with Elvin on it, but Sun Ship really messes up my head.
I look at the John Coltrane Quartet's music as a cosmic spherical astrolabe type machine that used non-resolving harmony and triplet based rhythmic structures to create wheels within wheels which spun with such intensity that it created its own ever increasing centrifugal force. By the time Sun Ship was recorded the process was nearly complete and music had become more fragmented sounding while still remaining in the context of their established rhythmic and harmonic concept. Soon the the sphere would blow up into a giant super-nova and the mission was completed, leaving Coltrane free to explore the universe in a more ethereal vehical.
That's the way I see it anyway.