Elvin Jones (1927-2004) showed an interest in drums at a young age, watching the circus bands march by his family’s home in Pontiac, Michigan. He moved to New York in 1955 and worked as a sideman for Charles Mingus, Teddy Charles, Bud Powell and Miles Davis. From 1960 to 1966 he was a member of the John Coltrane quartet (along with Jimmy Garrison on bass and McCoy Tyner on piano), where he recorded such celebrated albums as A Love Supreme. During this period he also recorded albums as a leader, such as Elvin! (Riverside Records RLP-9409), presented here. His brothers, pianist Hank Jones and trumpeter Thad Jones, both heard here, were also celebrated jazz musicians. The complete quartet LP Keepin’ Up With the Joneses (MetroJazz SE-003), showcasing all three brothers along with bassist Eddie Jones (no relation), has been added as a bonus.
ELVIN JONES, drums THAD JONES, cornet FRANK WESS, fl ute FRANK FOSTER, tenor sax HANK JONES, piano ART DAVIS, bass
New York, July 1961-January 1962.
*BONUS ALBUM: KEEPIN' UP WITH JONESES THAD JONES (tp, fl hrn) HANK JONES (p, organ) EDDIE JONES (b) ELVIN JONES (d). New York, March 24, 1958.
01 LADY LUCK 02 BUZZ-AT 03 SHADOWLAND 04 PRETTY BROWN 05 RAY-EL 06 FOUR AND SIX 07 YOU ARE TOO BEAUTIFUL 08 NICE AND NASTY * 09 KEEPIN’ UP WITH THE JONESES * 10 THREE AND ONE * 11 SPUT ‘N’ JEFF * 12 IT HAD TO BE YOU * 13 ON THE ALAMO * 14 THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE *