Elvin Jones

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Legal name: Elvin Ray Jones


Elvin Ray Jones (September 9, 1927 – May 18, 2004) was a 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 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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
1973 Mr. Jones Elvin Jones 1
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 1
1982 Earth Jones Elvin Jones 1
1982 Love & Peace Elvin Jones 1
1993 It Don't Mean a Thing Elvin Jones 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
Power Trio John Hicks, Cecil McBee, 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
1990 Live at the Village Vanguard Elvin Jones 1
1992 In Europe Elvin Jones 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Genesis Elvin Jones 1


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

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