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Though by this point in jazz history it should be clear that drummer Elvin Jones was very much his own man, he’s still considered primarily as a force in John Coltrane’s mid-'60s quartet. From the middle of the decade onward, the Detroit-born Jones led his own groups. Some were more conservative than his previous employer’s, while others found him navigating a very personal path through the avant-garde. Recorded in 1966, Midnight Walk was Jones’ first for Atlantic. It featured his brother Thad on trumpet, a rare non–Blue Note appearance from tenorman Hank Mobley, South African pianist Dollar Brand, bassist Walter Booker, percussionist George Abend, and electric keyboardist Steve James. All the pieces here are by group members, with Brand’s rolling, chant-like “Tintiyana” taking center stage on the album’s first half. Mobley’s “H.M. on F.M.” maintains a loose Latin feel that would've fit in well on any of his Blue Note dates. Whether on boogaloo-type tunes or Thad Jones’ knottier themes, Elvin’s skipping triplets and volcanism provide an excellent match

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Elvin (along with brothers Hank and Thad)

A somewhat different setting for Elvin with more horns. The tunes are straight-ahead for the most part and really groove!


Born: September 9, 1927 in Pontiac, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Elvin Jones will always be best-known for his association with the classic John Coltrane Quartet (1960-1965) but he also had a notable career as a bandleader and continued to be a major influence in music. One of the all-time great drummers (bridging the gap between advanced hard bop and the avant-garde), Jones is the younger brother of a remarkable musical family that also includes Hank and Thad Jones. After spending time in the Army (1946-1949), he was a part of the very fertile Detroit jazz scene...
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Midnight Walk, Elvin Jones
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  • $4.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Mar 24, 1966

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