Elvin Jones

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About Elvin Jones

A rhythmic force of nature, Elvin Jones elevated the role of the drummer in the modern jazz tradition as a key member of saxophonist John Coltrane's classic '60s quartet. Jones cultivated a singularly edgy style, favoring a propulsive, polyrhythmic flow. With Coltrane, he recorded landmark albums like A Love Supreme, My Favorite Things, and Ascension. Before that he established his reputation alongside his brothers, pianist Hank and trumpeter Thad, and on albums with Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins. He also left his mark on albums by Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, and Grant Green. As a leader, Jones showcased firebrand tenor players Joe Farrell, Steve Grossman, and David Liebman and recorded passionate, exploratory post-bop albums for Blue Note like Puttin' It Together, Genesis, and Merry-Go-Round. As the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine he communed with the next generation of players. By the time of his 2004 passing, Jones' influence had spread far beyond jazz.

Pontiac, MI, United States
September 9, 1927

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