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John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet at the Earshot Jazz Festival

Elvin Jones’ drums are the engine that drive his Jazz Machine. He sits behind his set and the power flows. It’s not as if he makes everything seem effortless (as is sometimes said about drummers). You are aware of his ministrations because of the obvious impact he has on his musical cohorts. But for all that athletic vigor he is never obvious.

The parts of the Machine have changed since my last hearing: the Eubanks brothers, trombonist Robin and trumpeter Duane, and tenor saxophonist Mark Shim are relatively new. Jones’ rhythm-section fellows, pianist Carlos McKinney and bassist Gerald Cannon, have been with him for more than a couple of years.

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