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Old 01-04-2008, 02:17 AM
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This might be the best video on youtube
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This might be the best video on youtube
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Or this just recently put up of the Elvin Jones Trio. Nice!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4plvPrYgkDU
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Or this just recently put up of the Elvin Jones Trio. Nice!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4plvPrYgkDU
Nice vid - at around 3.44 does anyone notice that, that swinging marching line is the same one off Zoltan by Larry Young on Unity?
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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.

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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.
I like the explanation. In the sense that you used words without boundaries. You didn't generalize it like some tend to do with words. If it was me i wouldn't have used words I would have used ...
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Nice vid - at around 3.44 does anyone notice that, that swinging marching line is the same one off Zoltan by Larry Young on Unity?
Yep, thats basically what he did on Zoltan isn't it? Also, did you know, he used to practice Sousa marches when he was younger?
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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.
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I have always loved this guy, he's my all-time favorite jazz drummer. But what can you say about Elvin that his playing doesn't say for itself?

So let me just tell a little story... I went to see Elvin once, many years (well probably two-plus decades!) ago. His band was playing at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California. I got there early, and picked a seat in the front row center. The stage was only a few feet high, and his kit was set up right up front, so his kick drum was right in my face, just a few feet away. I remember he had a Tony-Williams-style yellow Gretsch kit that looked and sounded amazing.

Elvin came out before the gig, and was just standing onstage checking out the audience. He saw me sitting there and said "Hey, you look like Chick Corea." (Which I kinda did, at the time...) That would have been the perfect opportunity to have gotten to talk to my hero a bit, but of course I was so surprised and nervous, all I could do was blurt out a Ralph Kramden-like hamana-hamana-hamana stuttering kind of thing. Then he turned and walked backstage.

Anyway, needless to say it was an amazing gig and I was in heaven thoughout the two shows that night. And almost deaf when it was over and I drove home, cuz he was kind of a hard hitter, and like I said, I was right in front of his drums.

One other thing... I don't if it's been mentioned in the thread yet, but probably a lot of people don't realize: Elvin was a grunter! He would kinda grunt along in time with the music. I could hear him pretty clearly all through that show. Kinda weird, actually. After that, I started listening to all my Coltrane records closely, and you can sometimes hear him in quiet spots on the recordings, too.
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:26 AM
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I have always loved this guy, he's my all-time favorite jazz drummer. But what can you say about Elvin that his playing doesn't say for itself?

So let me just tell a little story... I went to see Elvin once, many years (well probably two-plus decades!) ago. His band was playing at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California. I got there early, and picked a seat in the front row center. The stage was only a few feet high, and his kit was set up right up front, so his kick drum was right in my face, just a few feet away. I remember he had a Tony-Williams-style yellow Gretsch kit that looked and sounded amazing.

Elvin came out before the gig, and was just standing onstage checking out the audience. He saw me sitting there and said "Hey, you look like Chick Corea." (Which I kinda did, at the time...) That would have been the perfect opportunity to have gotten to talk to my hero a bit, but of course I was so surprised and nervous, all I could do was blurt out a Ralph Kramden-like hamana-hamana-hamana stuttering kind of thing. Then he turned and walked backstage.

Anyway, needless to say it was an amazing gig and I was in heaven thoughout the two shows that night. And almost deaf when it was over and I drove home, cuz he was kind of a hard hitter, and like I said, I was right in front of his drums.

One other thing... I don't if it's been mentioned in the thread yet, but probably a lot of people don't realize: Elvin was a grunter! He would kinda grunt along in time with the music. I could hear him pretty clearly all through that show. Kinda weird, actually. After that, I started listening to all my Coltrane records closely, and you can sometimes hear him in quiet spots on the recordings, too.
great story! One of the few of my heroes that I haven't seen. Since you were so close to his foot, how did he play it? heel toe? heel up? was his foot technique special. Could you describe it ? thanks
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I have always loved this guy, he's my all-time favorite jazz drummer. But what can you say about Elvin that his playing doesn't say for itself?

So let me just tell a little story... I went to see Elvin once, many years (well probably two-plus decades!) ago. His band was playing at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California. I got there early, and picked a seat in the front row center. The stage was only a few feet high, and his kit was set up right up front, so his kick drum was right in my face, just a few feet away. I remember he had a Tony-Williams-style yellow Gretsch kit that looked and sounded amazing.

Elvin came out before the gig, and was just standing onstage checking out the audience. He saw me sitting there and said "Hey, you look like Chick Corea." (Which I kinda did, at the time...) That would have been the perfect opportunity to have gotten to talk to my hero a bit, but of course I was so surprised and nervous, all I could do was blurt out a Ralph Kramden-like hamana-hamana-hamana stuttering kind of thing. Then he turned and walked backstage.

Anyway, needless to say it was an amazing gig and I was in heaven thoughout the two shows that night. And almost deaf when it was over and I drove home, cuz he was kind of a hard hitter, and like I said, I was right in front of his drums.

One other thing... I don't if it's been mentioned in the thread yet, but probably a lot of people don't realize: Elvin was a grunter! He would kinda grunt along in time with the music. I could hear him pretty clearly all through that show. Kinda weird, actually. After that, I started listening to all my Coltrane records closely, and you can sometimes hear him in quiet spots on the recordings, too.
Here's my Elvin story:

Met Elvin at Jazz Alley in Seattle many years ago. One of the nicest people i've ever met in life. Had a great conversation about drumming and gigs he did in Vancouver at the old Cave nightclub MANY years ago up a the bar on the break. Sat right up a front of the stage at a table in front of his kit for the show. Keiko came out and tuned the kit right before the band walked out on stage with the whole audience seated ready to enjoy the show. Amazing concert and he played a killer set of old pre-split Istanbuls that sounded lovely that really stuck in my mind.

Speaking of grunts and groans even in a quiet ballad with beautiful brush work that night you could hear Elvin's various vocal sound effects going on.

I got a nice postcard picture of Elvin I brought to the gig autographed that night too. He was a tall friendy man with big hands and long fingers like a star basketball player with a firm handshake and a sincere honest appreciation of those unknown to him he met that night who had been in love with his playing over many years and had no problem warmly meeting and greeting them as new friends..Priceless moments from the past indeed. Miss you dearly Elvin.
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Sun Ship isn't their last album. Actually, the Quartet's "'First' Meditations" is their last album. Before Trane recorded the album "Meditations" he did it with the quartet, which to me is a more enjoyable listening experience.
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Sun Ship isn't their last album. Actually, the Quartet's "'First' Meditations" is their last album. Before Trane recorded the album "Meditations" he did it with the quartet, which to me is a more enjoyable listening experience.
Were they not recorded at the same time and released after Trane's death?
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One other thing... I don't if it's been mentioned in the thread yet, but probably a lot of people don't realize: Elvin was a grunter! He would kinda grunt along in time with the music. I could hear him pretty clearly all through that show. Kinda weird, actually. After that, I started listening to all my Coltrane records closely, and you can sometimes hear him in quiet spots on the recordings, too.

Hear ya on that one. First time I heard I was baffled - it's a low grumbling noise. Few examples include, Sun Ship (I think you can hear McCoy singing his improv as well), Unity and Rip, Rig and Panic.

All passionate musicians tend to grunt or make facial expressions, in my experience, but that's not to say it's true.
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great story! One of the few of my heroes that I haven't seen. Since you were so close to his foot, how did he play it? heel toe? heel up? was his foot technique special. Could you describe it ? thanks
No, sorry I can't, cuz I was sitting directly in front of his kick, and a little below, like my face was at the level of the center of the kick. I probably could've noticed his leg bouncing if he played heel up, but I don't remember, it was so long ago.
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Keiko came out and tuned the kit right before the band walked out on stage with the whole audience seated ready to enjoy the show.
I don't remember seeing Keiko there that night, but he must have been married to her at that time. Cool that she tuned his drums for him!

Btw... ain't it a shame that guys like Elvin can't make a living in the US, but have to move to Japan or Europe cuz that's where they are appreciated?
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No, sorry I can't, cuz I was sitting directly in front of his kick, and a little below, like my face was at the level of the center of the kick. I probably could've noticed his leg bouncing if he played heel up, but I don't remember, it was so long ago.

Heel/toe {flat foot} depending on the sound he was after at any given time during the performance.
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I don't remember seeing Keiko there that night, but he must have been married to her at that time. Cool that she tuned his drums for him!

Btw... ain't it a shame that guys like Elvin can't make a living in the US, but have to move to Japan or Europe cuz that's where they are appreciated?
Yes and she wasn't polite about it either in the sense that she really wacked the drums hard to check the tuning. On another side note the stage guys had placed Elvin's kick in the wrong spot on stage according to Elvin who brieftly sat behind the kit before the show started. Keiko had them remove to 2 metal pin braces hammered firmly into the stage holding the BD in place. Remember Elvin hit the bass drum with a wood beater HARD at times. She had them pull them out of the stage and reposition the kit and hammer the stop movement pins back in the stage in front of the bass drum. Quite the show that night in more ways than one criz p. critter.

Tough back then even tougher today even with someone a great as Elvin. Sign of the times on point #2.
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has anyone noticed the extent to which gadd's jazz playing borrows from elvin's? like on his (gadd's) tracks on the album she was too good to be true by chet baker or the video on here of him demonstrating zildjians?
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2 little nuggets from utube: Lieb talking about Elvin & Coltrane:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFvhN...eature=channel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew96V...eature=channel

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You know.....I'm only 22 and I've come to realize something yet again, that's pathetic about America. It's the American appreciation for the arts, and more specifically, JAZZ! I'm going into my Senior year of college at a State School called Oneonta in NY State where I'm studying Music Industry. I could go up to 90% of the student body and they couldn't tell me the first thing about Jazz.....OUCH! Isn't Jazz Americas indigeounus music? If it wasn't for Kats like Art Blakey and Elvin Jones Jazz would have been dead alot sooner. I think that people need to understand where drummers of great bands like Led Zeppelin and Cream go all their influence. It's called Jazz, and it's American. I can count the number of Jazz Labels on 1 hand...very sad. Elvin is truely a stand out player and yet not many people know who he is outside of the jazz and drumming community. Anybody out there feel me?
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Hey dude, Jazz is still happening. Yeah, a lot of people have tuned out, but the majority of these people are self-centered and materialistic and don't really own their own cultural personality (they soak it up from mass-media). And modern jazz is just not a commercially minded pursuit - it's a powerful art-form continually seeking out the unknown and many people can't handle it.

At any rate, if you can't keep up, why stick around? We don't need those people to keep jazz alive - it's influence has been felt in every decade that rock or hip-hop or electronic music have dominated. You know, good musicians will always look to the attitude of the greatest jazz players, even if they don't play the same style of music. At the same time there is a thriving ring of universities and high schools breeding new players every year and you can still make a living playing every form of jazz in history if you're smart and really feel the need to play that music in your soul.

In short, if you've got something good to say, than forget the squares and come join the party!
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Here's my Elvin story:

Met Elvin at Jazz Alley in Seattle many years ago. One of the nicest people i've ever met in life. Had a great conversation about drumming and gigs he did in Vancouver at the old Cave nightclub MANY years ago up a the bar on the break. Sat right up a front of the stage at a table in front of his kit for the show. Keiko came out and tuned the kit right before the band walked out on stage with the whole audience seated ready to enjoy the show. Amazing concert and he played a killer set of old pre-split Istanbuls that sounded lovely that really stuck in my mind.

Speaking of grunts and groans even in a quiet ballad with beautiful brush work that night you could hear Elvin's various vocal sound effects going on.

I got a nice postcard picture of Elvin I brought to the gig autographed that night too. He was a tall friendy man with big hands and long fingers like a star basketball player with a firm handshake and a sincere honest appreciation of those unknown to him he met that night who had been in love with his playing over many years and had no problem warmly meeting and greeting them as new friends..Priceless moments from the past indeed. Miss you dearly Elvin.
your so lucky to have me and talked to the great man. I wonder, did he give you any insight into his drumming that may have helped you? He seemed like a guy who would be very giving of advise, but then again, you may not have wanted to hastle him with personal questions like that.
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your so lucky to have me and talked to the great man. I wonder, did he give you any insight into his drumming that may have helped you? He seemed like a guy who would be very giving of advise, but then again, you may not have wanted to hastle him with personal questions like that.
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As my late mentor Claude Ranger said to me sitting, listening and watching carefully how the greats play in the music is the BEST lesson you can get Bryan. Elvin was no exception clearly to this wise sage advice as was given to me by an equally great jazz drummer in his own right.

The conversation consisted of what I said earlier such as Elvin going on in some detail about his experiences playing in a now long gone but famous local jazz club called the Cave in the town Vancouver I call home in the early 60's. I was only a small boy at this time he was talking about.
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This man was truly soulful! I ADORE his live work with John Coltrane. I have the rare Blue Train Live album and I'm bewildered every time I listen!

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As my late mentor Claude Ranger said to me sitting, listening and watching carefully how the greats play in the music is the BEST lesson you can get Bryan. Elvin was no exception clearly to this wise sage advice as was given to me by an equally great jazz drummer in his own right.

The conversation consisted of what I said earlier such as Elvin going on in some detail about his experiences playing in a now long gone but famous local jazz club called the Cave in the town Vancouver I call home in the early 60's. I was only a small boy at this time he was talking about.
ya, i suppose your right, even if he was to verbalise what he was doing it probably would'nt do him much justice. I can see it being too hard to explain. It must have been such a boost in your drumming to be talking to him so young.
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ya, i suppose your right, even if he was to verbalise what he was doing it probably would'nt do him much justice. I can see it being too hard to explain. It must have been such a boost in your drumming to be talking to him so young.

The stories Elvin told were from the early 60's Bryan about playing in Vancouver when I was only about 6 years old at the time. When I met him at Jazz Alley in Seattle it was in the early 90's and I in my 30's at that time and already a well established working Canadian jazz pro at that point.

I'll never forget this first opportunity to hear and meet one of my key influences and musical inspirations finally playing live in the flesh in a small club. Can't be beat.....or ever forgotten regarding the impact it had on me.
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A very great record that Elvin Jones appears on that hasn't been mentioned is "In 'N Out" by Joe Henderson. McCoy Tyner also plays on that date, along with Kenny Dorham and Richard Davis.
This is a really special one for me, just wonderful music from the Henderson/Dorham team backed by a fantastic rhythm section. Pure gold.
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Hey dude, Jazz is still happening. Yeah, a lot of people have tuned out, but the majority of these people are self-centered and materialistic and don't really own their own cultural personality (they soak it up from mass-media). And modern jazz is just not a commercially minded pursuit - it's a powerful art-form continually seeking out the unknown and many people can't handle it.

At any rate, if you can't keep up, why stick around? We don't need those people to keep jazz alive - it's influence has been felt in every decade that rock or hip-hop or electronic music have dominated. You know, good musicians will always look to the attitude of the greatest jazz players, even if they don't play the same style of music. At the same time there is a thriving ring of universities and high schools breeding new players every year and you can still make a living playing every form of jazz in history if you're smart and really feel the need to play that music in your soul.

In short, if you've got something good to say, than forget the squares and come join the party!
I enjoyed that.....I'm here for the party!
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Hey I'm not sure if this was mentioned yet, but you should check out "A Message from The Nile" by Mccoy Tyner. It features Elvin in that Free Jazz period right before he left for the Jazz Machine I believe. MAN! it's soooo killer. Elvin Jones is great and always inspirational to listen to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSjI8JQWl_8 ... Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4tsG...eature=related ....part 2


His complex simplicity is soooooooo Elvin Jones!
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Sorry people! I forgot to mention that the name of the album is "Extensions"....check it out!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rZa70mmuA8 ....more from extensions....song is called "His Blessing"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj_b8...ed........song is called "the wanderer"
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I was blessed to have seen Elvin many many times in the last 5 years of his life at the regattabar in Cambridge MA w/ His machine.
He was playing an OLD K as his MAIN ride (rt side) but had a constantinople on his left......that old k was reeeeeeeee-diculous. Of course if any ordinary person played it ...it wouldnt have sounded like it did under the stick of this master. His touch was SUPREME STILL!.....

He had everybit of his magic when I saw him them many times from 97 on or so til the last time. They did the dbl sets there (each set was a seperate show...meaning u needed to buy tickets for each set/show.)
So me and my buddies would buy ticks for both shows on 3 of his 4-5 nights he was usually at regattabar. I have many many pics of myself with him...and I even brought my new constantinople at the time for him to sign...which he graciously did as he talked shop with us. MY MOST treasured pc of drum gear.
Anyway.....a legend in every sense of the word....
One quick story to share ...one night he was playing and his huge gold watch he always wore's band snapped mid tune (was the type that stayed on you when claspe was undone)......so Kieko (his wife and drum "roadie!") super sweet lady.....anyway....she comes running up on stage and tries to get it off his hand.....she couldnt get it off of him!....she was struggling (meanwhile the band and Elvin were still bruning the place down).....this went on for 3 minutes.....half the sax solo...lol...we were all watching like...omg what is going on.....why wont it come off? haha
HE finally got it off (after the tune....) she ended up leaving shaking her head....after the 3 minutes not being able to get it off.....HE had to PULL it off himself. :)
The man had the STRONGEST sincere handshake I ever was on the receiveing end of despite his age. His hands were huge.
SO many Elvin memories from them nights at regattabar. Just the most gracious human being...seriously.

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I was blessed to have seen Elvin many many times in the last 5 years of his life at the regattabar in Cambridge MA w/ His machine.
He was playing an OLD K as his MAIN ride (rt side) but had a constantinople on his left......that old k was reeeeeeeee-diculous. Of course if any ordinary person played it ...it wouldnt have sounded like it did under the stick of this master. His touch was SUPREME STILL!.....

He had everybit of his magic when I saw him them many times from 97 on or so til the last time. They did the dbl sets there (each set was a seperate show...meaning u needed to buy tickets for each set/show.)
So me and my buddies would buy ticks for both shows on 3 of his 4-5 nights he was usually at regattabar. I have many many pics of myself with him...and I even brought my new constantinople at the time for him to sign...which he graciously did as he talked shop with us. MY MOST treasured pc of drum gear.
Anyway.....a legend in every sense of the word....
One quick story to share ...one night he was playing and his huge gold watch he always wore's band snapped mid tune (was the type that stayed on you when claspe was undone)......so Keiko (his wife and drum "roadie!") super sweet lady.....anyway....she comes running up on stage and tries to get it off his hand.....she couldnt get it off of him!....she was struggling (meanwhile the band and Elvin were still bruning the place down).....this went on for 3 minutes.....half the sax solo...lol...we were all watching like...omg what is going on.....why wont it come off? haha
HE finally got it off (after the tune....) she ended up leaving shaking her head....after the 3 minutes not being able to get it off.....HE had to PULL it off himself. :)
The man had the STRONGEST sincere handshake I ever was on the receiveing end of despite his age. His hands were huge.
SO many Elvin memories from them nights at regattabar. Just the most gracious human being...seriously.
Hey, great post Thumpah! A wonderful intimate picture you painted for us. Thanks for sharing. The title of your post should be KIEKO & the Gold Watch! lol
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:16 PM
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hahaha....hey thanks Aydee.....a pleasure to share...as I have loved some of the posts I have read here since I jumped in today. Yeah the two of them were the epitomy of "LOVE" seeing how she watched over him and how she looked at him while he was up there. Like it was the 1st time she ever heard or saw him play. It was as beautiful as the music being created....not to be corny. Also to anyone that had ever seen her, knows how slight she is...very petite woman....she would hoist his gold sparkle yamaha bass drum with both toms still on there up like NOTHING and move them off stage saying "excuse me" to all the people waiting inline near the stage to get a chance to talk to him or a quick picture. She would procede to start tearing them down/packing at the end of the last show :) ... I miss seeing him play.
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Probably saw you there, Thumpah. I always made a point to see at least 4 sets a weekend when he came through Cambridge.
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RIGHT ON Colonel !
Were VERY special nights there huh ?
I haven't been there in years.....last time in town I was at Sculler's.

I used to always be there for Elvin, Mike Stern, Phil Woods, Niacin one time...til' Billy Sheehan's dbl ampeg rig woke some guests up mid set (regatabar is IN the Charles Hotel) to anyone unfamiliar....I later found out the reason Niacin was never back was because of that...from then on they played Ryles...lol
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Elvin Jones was my inspiration that sparked my love of Jazz drumming and desire to play it.
bingo. the most truthful and beautiful player in jazz.

ELVIN IS JAZZ IS ELVIN

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Yeah he's a great drummer, but he sounds just like any other great Jazz drummer.
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dave liebman's liner notes from the complete blue note elvin jones discog: http://www.chipstern.com/chip_elvinjones.htm
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it's quite something that the guy always overplayed, but never OVERPLAYED
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