Genesis (Remaster) Elvin Jones

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Label: Blue Note

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Free Jazz

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  • 1P.P. Phoenix04:58
  • 2For All Those Other Times10:03
  • 3Slumber05:29
  • 4Three Card Molly08:23
  • 5Cecilia Is Love10:04
  • Total Runtime38:57

Info for Genesis (Remaster)

One listen to Elvin Jones' Genesis will leave many listeners asking “How did I miss this record?” In 1971, the great years of Blue Note were in the past but the label was still recording superb sessions. The difference was that it often took years for the best recordings to be released and they were being overshadowed by more commercial sets from the label. Genesis fell through the cracks, making it one of the most exciting passed-over records from the late Blue Note period. Dave Liebman, Frank Foster and Joe Farrell, three brilliant and competitive saxophonists, battle it out on these performances with Elvin Jones setting a fire under every solo. Jones makes sure that not only is the fuse never put out but the music is absolutely explosive. Do not miss this remarkable recording the second time around!

„The graphics are kind of dull on this late-period Blue Note LP, but the music is anything but boring. Elvin Jones' band had expanded during 1969-1971 from a pianoless trio to a three-horn quintet. With Dave Liebman and the returning Joe Farrell on tenor and soprano and Frank Foster contributing some tenor, alto flute, and bass clarinet (bassist Gene Perla completes the group), it would not be an overstatement to call this a powerful unit. On five originals by bandmembers (best known is Jones' 'Three Card Molly'), the musicians take long, heated solos that straddle the boundary between hard bop and the avant-garde. Their album has plenty of invigorating music.“ (Scott Yanow, AMG)

Elvin Jones, drums
Joe Farrell, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Dave Liebman, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Frank Foster, tenor saxophone, alto flute, alto clarinet
Gene Perla, bass, electric bass

Recorded February 12, 1971 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Produced by Francis Wolff, George Butler

Digitally remastered

Elvin Jones
will always be best-known for his association with the classic John Coltrane Quartet (1960-65) but he has also had a notable career as a bandleader and has continued being a major influence during the past 30 years. One of the all-time great drummers (bridging the gap between advanced hard bop and the avant-garde), Elvin is the younger brother of a remarkable musical family that also includes Hank and Thad Jones. After spending time in the Army (1946-49), he was a part of the very fertile Detroit jazz scene of the early '50s. He moved to New York in 1955, worked with Teddy Charles and the Bud Powell Trio and recorded with Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins (the latter at his famous Village Vanguard session). After stints with J.J. Johnson (1956-57), Donald Byrd (1958), Tyree Glenn and Harry "Sweets" Edison, Elvin Jones became an important member of John Coltrane's Quartet, pushing the innovative saxophonist to remarkable heights and appearing on most of his best recordings. When Coltrane added Rashied Ali to his band in late 1965 as second drummer, Jones was not pleased and he soon departed.

He went on a European tour with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and then started leading his own groups which in the 1990s became known as Elvin Jones's Jazz Machine. Among his sidemen have been saxophonists Frank Foster, Joe Farrell, George Coleman, Pepper Adams, Dave Liebman, Pat LaBarbera, Steve Grossman, Andrew White, Ravi Coltrane and Sonny Fortune, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, pianists Dollar Brand and Willie Pickens, keyboardist Jan Hammer and bassists Richard Davis, Jimmy Garrison, Wilbur Little and Gene Perla among others. Elvin Jones has recorded as a leader for many labels including Atlantic, Riverside, Impulse, Blue Note, Enja, PM, Vanguard, Honey Dew, Denon, Storyville, Evidence and Landmark.

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