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Elvin Jones: The Complete Blue Note Elvin Jones Sessions

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When the stylistic development of drum-set playing in the history of jazz is researched, the logical progression from Zutty Singleton, Chick Webb, “Big Sid” Catlett and Jo Jones to Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Art Blakey and Philly Joe Jones is fairly evident. As Max Roach explained, “We’re all standing on the shoulders of giants.” Next in line is Elvin Jones.

Initially encountering resistance from both critics and musicians, Jones might just as well have been an alien suddenly arriving from another planet whose civilization was far more advanced in the percussive arts than ours. Nothing would ever be the same, and everybody knew it upon first hearing this radically different drummer. Some resented the accelerated change; others, like Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, both welcomed it and realized they had been subliminally waiting for it.

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