Reviews that mention Elvin Jones

January 8, 2022

John Coltrane

A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle
Impulse! Records BOOO34290-02

Like the recently published alternate version of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, or more appropriately a newly discovered different director’s cut of a classic film, the live version of John Coltrane’s seminal work offers a deeper understanding of the suite. Featuring four interludes among the familiar themes and three additional sequences along with the initially recorded four, the program is now more than twice the length of the original release.

Despite the new time there isn’t any excess on Live in Seattle. Recorded in a nightclub setting less than a year after the original studio taped suite, the program shows that the never satisfied Coltrane was already tinkering with A Love Supreme’s sound and format. Lacking the vocal chant, instead the piece is opened up for more expressions from the original participants and guests. For instance the final interludes are given over to an extended solo by bassist Jimmy Garrison where his supple and sliding thumps take on flamenco power while also reasserting to the theme. Drummer Elvin Jones’ constant barrage of cymbal and drum power is showcased as well. His rhythmic strength is confirmed as he directs the narrative forward, while several interludes give him space to emphasis bass drum pounding, ringing mallet-on-cymbal tones and a collection of shuffles and backbeats. Pianist McCoy Tyner not only provides the proper accompaniment for the three saxophone soloists, but also constructs solos as on “Pursuance “, which are both modal and melodic. While he digs deep into his instrument’s lowest pitches to expand his enthralling time shifting, sparking swing asides prevent the program from becoming too so-called far out. MORE

August 29, 2017

Albert Mangelsdorff

And His Friends
MPS Records 0211961MSW

Rüdiger Carl Inc.

King Alcohol (New Version)

Corbett vs. Dempsey CvsD CD 032

Only about 2½ years separate the improvisations on these reissued CDs from one another. But like examining Russian society just before and shortly after the 1917 Soviet revolution, the contours of two distinct musical cultures are in play.

When the six duets that make up And His Friends was recorded in 1968-1969, Albert Mangelsdorff (born 1928) was probably the best known German trombonist, if not the best-known German Jazz musicians, of his time. Having mastered modern Jazz with his famous quintet of the 1960s, by late in that decade the Frankfurt-born player was investigating multiphonic solo playing, worked with the Globe Unity Orchestra and within a couple of years would record extensively with the likes of tenor saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, pianist Fred van Hove and drummer Han Bennink. MORE

January 26, 2016

John Coltrane

A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters
Impulse B0023727-02

Arguably the best-known session in modern Jazz with the possible exception of trumpeter Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue five years earlier, A Love Supreme has since 1965 been universally acknowledged as the paramount achievement of saxophonist John Coltrane and his classic quartet. But like variants of familiar fairy tales which are subject to neoteric interpretations following the unearthing of ancillary information or up-to-date translations, A Love Supreme music involves more than the four tracks that made up the original LP with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones. Packaged with a 30-page book of analysis, musical notation and photographers plus 2½ additional CDs of music, this set could be regarded the same way as a Mishna, Catenist or Cursus commentary on the bible. While preserving the original text or LP, the additions deepen and amplify the experience. MORE