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The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine - Remembrance (1978/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz
The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine - Remembrance (1978/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine
Title: Remembrance
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Hard Bop
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1978/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 44:35
Recorded: February 3, 4 & 5, 1978 at Tonstudio Zuckerfabrik, Stuttgart

Elvin Jones is one of a handful of drummers whose innovations have changed the way the instrument is played. His work with the legendary John Coltrane Quartet has earned him a place in the pantheon of jazz greats. In the years proceeding his work with Trane, he established a series of exciting groups under his own name. This 1978 addition features American saxophonist Pat LaBarbera and Jamaican saxophonist Michael Stuart. Noted for his work with Buddy Rich from 1967 to ’73, LaBarbera started working with Jones in 1975 and would be with him for the next decade. Giraffe is a med. swing piece with solos first by Pat, then guitarist Roland Prince, with Stuart having the last say. Elvin takes a back seat, keeping the feeling low key. Section 8 is an up-tempo piece with solos by Pat on Soprano, then Prince, then Stuart on Tenor. Elvin doesn’t solo – he doesn’t need to as he dominates the proceedings. Little Lady has Pat on soprano and Michael on tenor. It has a med. slow ¾ Afro feel – perfect for Jones and co. Familiar Ground features LaBarbera on tenor with flashy 8 bar exchanges between Elvin and the three front men. Kalima has a majestic modal melody in a pulsating ¾, and intense solos by Stuart on soprano and Pat on tenor. Elvin propels the group with shades of Trane. Beatrice is a beautiful ballad featuring Stuart on tenor. Remembrance is Pat’s homage to Coltrane, the melody played with psalm-like elegance. Appropriately, it sets the stage for a quintessential solo by Elvin. A former band member stated “The simple key to how to play good music is that melody and rhythm are the same thing…I learned that from Elvin.”

The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine has frequently featured hard-toned tenors who improvise in a style influenced by John Coltrane, modal originals and high-powered performances in which the drummer/leader can push his sidemen. This MPS set is no exception. Pat LaBarbera and Michael Stuart double on tenors and sopranos, guitarist Roland Prince offers a contrasting solo voice and all of the material is obscure with four of the seven songs penned by LaBarbera. It's an excellent if somewhat lesser-known outing. --AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

1. Giraffe 07:53
2. Section 8 04:26
3. Little Lady 06:27
4. Familiar Ground 03:32
5. Kalima 08:30
6. Beatrice 06:42
7. Rememberance 07:05

Elvin Jones – Drums
Pat LaBarbera – Tenor, Soprano Saxophone
Michael Stuart – Tenor, Soprano Saxophone
Roland Prince – Guitar
Andy McCloud III – Bass

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