Oct 30, 2013

Elvin Jones "Special Quartet" - Tribute To John Coltrane: "A Love Supreme"

barabara sounds sez: 
Elvin Jones played a lot in Japan, but this live session from 1992 (recorded at Shinjuku Pit Inn) was a little bit special: a) because it featured a version of the full Love Supreme suite; b) because instead of sax the lead instrument was a trumpet; and c) it was Wynton Marsulis. And he really blows beautifully! 

As for the rest of the album, it's a mixed bag: another Trane composition; a birthday jam on the Happy Birthday riff; and a blues. But the album is worth it entirely for those opening 47 minutes.

Delfeayo Marsulis sez (in the liner notes)
This recording is a tribute to two legends in modern American music [Coltrane and Jones]… Elvin Jones refuses to offer inadequate performances of any composer's music. His force as the premiere modern drummer is immediately recognized, yet his endless spirit and determination are seldom (if ever) discussed by the critical community… he continues to develop as a musician and a man. His improvisations are unparalleled…

Elvin Jones sez (also in the liner notes):
This recording is one of my most valuable musical experiences… To have John's music interpreted by a master virtuoso such as trumpeter Winton Marsulis. Marcus Roberts and Reginald Veal provided impeccable support which created an atmosphere of unique quality. 

Elvin Jones drums; Reginald Veal bass; Marcus Roberts piano; Wynton Marsulis trumpet

A Love Supreme (Parts I, II, III); Dear Lord; Happy Birthday for Yuka; Blues for Veen