Elvin Jones

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Legal name: Elvin Ray Jones


Elvin Ray Jones (September 9, 1927 – May 18, 2004) was an American jazz drummer of the post-bop era. He showed an interest in drums at a young age, watching the circus bands march by his family's home in Pontiac, Michigan.

He served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1949 and subsequently played in a Detroit houseband led by Billy Mitchell. He moved to New York City in 1955 and worked as a sideman for Charles Mingus, Teddy Charles, Bud Powell and Miles Davis.

From 1960 to 1966 he was a member of the John Coltrane quartet (along with Jimmy Garrison on bass and McCoy Tyner on piano), a celebrated recording phase, appearing on such albums as A Love Supreme. Following his work with Coltrane, Jones led several small groups, some under the name The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. His brothers Hank Jones and Thad Jones were also jazz musicians with whom he recorded. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1995.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1963 Conflict Jimmy Woods Sextet feat. Elvin Jones 2
1965 Dear John C. Elvin Jones 3
1965 Rip, Rig & Panic The Roland Kirk Quartet featuring Elvin Jones 2
1967 Midnight Walk Elvin Jones 1
1968 Heavy Sounds Elvin Jones & Richard Davis 2
1968 The Ultimate Elvin Jones 3
1973 Mr. Jones Elvin Jones 2
1975 New Agenda Elvin Jones 1
1976 The Main Force Elvin Jones 1
1977 Hollow Out Elvin Jones, Masabumi Kikuchi 1
1977 Puttin' It Together Elvin Jones 1
1977 Summit Meeting Elvin Jones 1
1977 Time Capsule Elvin Jones 2
1982 Earth Jones Elvin Jones 1
1982 Love & Peace Elvin Jones 1
1989 New York, Greenwich Village, Village Vanguard, November 3, 1957 Sonny Rollins, Elvin Jones & Wilbur Ware 1
1991 Power Trio John Hicks, Cecil McBee, Elvin Jones 1
1993 It Don't Mean a Thing Elvin Jones 1
1994 Time to Smile Steve Grossman with Elvin Jones, Willie Pickens, Cecil McBee 1
1998 At This Point in Time Elvin Jones 1
1999 Momentum Space Dewey Redman, Cecil Taylor & Elvin Jones 1
2003 Brother John Elvin Jones 1
2006 Very Rare Elvin Jones 1
2007 Elvin! Elvin Jones 1
2009 Live At The Lighthouse Elvin Jones 1
2014 Merry-Go-Round Elvin Jones 1
Youngblood Elvin Jones 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 The Big Beat Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones & Philly Joe Jones 1
1994 On the Mountain Elvin Jones 1
2000 The Complete Blue Note Elvin Jones Sessions Elvin Jones 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Live at the Lighthouse Elvin Jones 2
1990 Live at the Village Vanguard Elvin Jones 1
1992 In Europe Elvin Jones 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Genesis Elvin Jones 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Skyscrapers, Volume 1 Elvin Jones 1

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