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Elvin Jones

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Elvin Ray Jones was a jazz drummer. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan, the youngest child in a family of ten. His father worked for General Motors. Two of Jones' brothers were also jazz musicians: Hank (piano), and Thad (trumpet/flugelhorn). Elvin began playing professionally in the 1940s, working with the Army Special Services program, Operation Happiness, and in 1949 had a short-lived gig in Detroit's Grand River Street club. Eventually he went on to play with artists such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Wardell Gray. In 1955, after a failed audition for the Benny Goodman band, he found work in New York, joining Charles Mingus's band, and releasing a record called J is for Jazz. In 1960, he joined with the classic John Coltrane Quartet, which also included bassist Jimmy Garrison and pianist McCoy Tyner. Jones and Coltrane often played extended duet passages, both giving and taking energy through their instruments

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My Favorite Things: 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Label: Rhino
Released: 2022
Track listing: Disc 1 (mono): My Favorite Things; Everytime We Say Goodbye; Summertime; But Not For Me. Disc 2 (stereo): My Favorite Things; Everytime We Say Goodbye; Summertime; But Not For Me.

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New York Is Now & Love Call Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Garden Of Souls; Toy Dance; We Now Interrupt For A Commercial; Broad Way Blues; Round Trip; Airborne; Love Call; Open To The Public; Check Out Time.

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Song Of Praise: New York 1965 Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Song Of Praise; My Favorite Things; Afro Blue; One Down, One Up.

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Favorites Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Naima; My Favorite Things; A Love Supreme (Acknowledgement, Resolution, Pursuance, Psalm).

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


A look at Rudy Royston's resume tells you that the drummer should be more recognized. Royston has racked up credits with Nate Wooley, Jon Irabagon, Tom Harrell, Aruán Ortiz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Miles, Noah Preminger, Ben Allison, Tim Ries, Alex Sipiagin, Linda May Han Oh, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens

Read "Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine Clay Hudson grew up in a family “surrounded by music, and it rubbed off on me." Henry Spencer remembers that in the second grade at St. Luke's School in the West Village, “every student took drum lessons. I was the only one who stuck with it." ...

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Article: Live Review

Gil Scott-Heron-Brian Jackson: Mezzo secolo di una partnership epocale

Read "Gil Scott-Heron-Brian Jackson: Mezzo secolo di una partnership epocale" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A mezzo secolo di distanza dai primi folgoranti album degli anni settanta, la figura di Gil Scott-Heron resta centrale nella cultura afro-americana contemporanea. Molti rapper l'hanno indicato come ispiratore, Makaya McCraven gli ha dedicato nel 2020 We're New Again e i suoi brani sono stati campionati da esponenti della scena hip hop come Kanye West, Drake ...

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Article: Live Review

Matthew Parrish's Philly Express Band: Jazz at Cherry Street Pier

Read "Matthew Parrish's Philly Express Band: Jazz at Cherry Street Pier" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Matthew Parrish Philly Express Band Cherry Street Pier Philadelphia, PA April 16, 2022 This “Jazz Appreciation Month" concert, sponsored by Jazz Philadelphia and the city's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, unveiled a jazz quintet of highest caliber. The group was assembled by bassist Matthew Parrish ...

Article: Album Review

Christopher Kunz, Florian Fischer: Die Unwucht

Read "Die Unwucht" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Facendo largo uso delle pratiche più “contemporanee" (jazzisticamente parlando ma non solo) dei rispettivi strumenti, e nella loro reciprocità (quindi da un'ottica abbastanza lontana da quelli che sono un po' i sacri testi, i modelli di riferimento, in materia, vale a dire gli storici duetti coltraniani con Elvin Jones e Rashied Ali), peraltro senza spendersi in ...


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