Elvin Jones

Elvin Jones

Also known as E. Jones, Elvin R. Jones, Elvin Ray Jones, Jones
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.elvinjones.com/

Discography of Elvin Jones:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The John Coltrane Memorial Concert 2 Audio 1993 Jazz Door
2 Bill Frisell With Dave Holland And Elvin Jones 12 Audio 2001 Nonesuch
3 Live At The Village Vanguard 6 Audio 1990 Enja Records
4 Untitled 8 Audio 1994-04-00 Musica Jazz
5 Rip, Rig & Panic 7 Audio 1965 Limelight
6 Heavy Sounds 6 Audio 1967 Impulse!
7 The Ultimate 6 Audio 1968 Blue Note
8 When I Was At Aso-Mountain 8 Audio 1993 Enja Records
9 Merry Go Round 8 Audio 1972 Blue Note
10 Poly-Currents 5 Audio 1985 Blue Note
11 Poly-Currents 5 Audio 1969 Blue Note
12 The Main Force 5 Audio 1976 Vanguard
13 Elvin Jones Is 'On The Mountain' 6 Audio 1975 Happy Bird
14 Time Capsule 5 Audio 1977 Vanguard
15 Mr. Jones 6 Audio 1973 Blue Note
16 Genesis 5 Audio 1971 Blue Note
17 New Agenda 7 Audio 1975 Vanguard
18 Rip, Rig & Panic 7 Audio 1965 Limelight
19 Skyscrapers - Vol. 2 4 Audio 1977 Honeydew Records
20 Skyscrapers - Vol. 4 2 Audio 1977 Honeydew Records
21 Live At The Village Vanguard 4 Audio 1974 Enja Records
22 Paul Chambers Quintet 6 Audio 1957 Blue Note
23 Summit Meeting 5 Audio 1977 Vanguard
24 The Main Force 5 Audio 2001-11-06
25 Is "On The Mountain" 6 Audio 1975 PM
26 Time Capsule 5 Audio 2002-04-09
27 Live At The Lighthouse 8 Audio 1972 Blue Note
28 Heavy Sounds 6 Audio 1991-12-16
29 Rip, Rig & Panic 7 Audio 1965 Mercury
30 Coalition 5 Audio 1983-01-10
31 The Wide Point 7 Audio MPS Records
32 Heavy Sounds 6 Audio 1972
33 Genesis 5 Audio 1971 Blue Note
34 Together 7 Audio 1976 Vanguard
35 Upon Reflection - The Music Of Thad Jones 10 Audio 1993
36 Midnight Walk 7 Audio 1967 Atlantic
37 Elvin! 7 Audio Riverside Records
38 The Wide Point 7 Audio 1975
39 Midnight Walk 2 Audio 1967 Atlantic
40 Bill Frisell With Dave Holland And Elvin Jones 12 Audio 2001 Nonesuch
41 Earth Jones 6 Audio 2003 Quicksilver
42 Earth Jones 6 Audio 1983
43 Stefano Di Battista 11 Audio 2000
44 Hollow Out 5 Audio 1977 Philips
45 Time Capsule 5 Audio 1978
46 Is On The Mountain 6 Audio 1975
47 Brother John 8 Audio 1984
48 New Agenda 7 Audio 1975
49 Live 2 Audio 1975
50 The Prime Element 9 Audio 1976 Blue Note

Elvin Ray Jones was born September 9, 1927 in Pontiac, Michigan.

Died on May 18, 2004 from heart failure.

Called by Life magazine "the world's greatest rhythmic drummer". He had two musician brothers: [a=Hank Jones], a jazz pianist, and [a=Thad Jones], a trumpet and flugelhorn player. Jones entered the Detroit jazz scene in the late 1940s after touring as a stagehand with the Army Special Services show Operation Happiness. After a brief gig at the Detroit club Grand River Street, he went to work at another club, backing up such jazz greats as Parker, Davis and Wardell Grey. Jones, with his rhythmic, innovative style, became one of jazz's most famous drummers under Coltrane.

By age 13, determined to be a drummer, Elvin was practicing eight to ten hours a day. In 1946 Elvin enlisted in the Army, and toured with a Special Services show called Operation Happiness - as a stagehand. Unofficially, however, he was honing his own musical skills and gaining confidence, playing at post social affairs. Jones was discharged in 1949, returning to a Detroit musical scene that was as vibrant as any outside New York. Elvin began to frequent the Bluebird Inn. In time, Jeader Billy Mitchell hired Elvin, and in three years at the club he backed up visiting stars including the legendary Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Wardell Grey, and, for six months, Miles Davis. In Addition, Monday nights there were jam sessions Elvin organized at his home. The long list of musicians Elvin played with during this period includes Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Tommy Flanagan, Pepper Adams, Barry Harris, Kenny Burrell, Milt Jackson, Lou Hayes and Yusef Lateef. Elvin made his move to New York ostensibly to audition for a new Benny Goodman band. Instead, he ended up with Charles Mingus, and in subsequent years he developed his style with Bud Powell, Miles Davis, the Pepper Adams-Donald Byrd Quintet, Art Farmer and J.J. Johnson. He also had his first experiences playing with Miles' tenor man and the increasingly celebrated recording artist John Coltrane. After leaving Miles in 1960, Coltrane was touring in San Francisco with his new group when he flew back to New York to seek out Elvin. Through 1966, Elvin contributed to some of the most controversial, influential, and ultimately important music in jazz. Among the triumphant recordings from his great association are "A love Supreme" and "Coltrane 'Live' at the Village Vanguard". In March 1966, Elvin left Coltrane. After a brief European tour with Duke Ellington's band he returned to New York to begin his distinguished career as leader, with a series of innovative piano-less trios featuring Joe Farrell on tenor alto and flute, and one of several bassists including Jimmy Garrison, Bill Wood, Charlie Haden and Wilbur Little. Elvin has been heard on nearly 500 recordings, with no end in sight. He also made a temporary detour to Hollywood in 1971 to appear as the character Job Cain in the ABC Paramount film "Zachariah". Reflecting his deep commitment to the music "Playing is not something I do at night" he said, "It's my function in life".

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