Personalities | Elvin Jones | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Drums, 1927–2004)

Powerhouse drummer Elvin Jones was the engine of John Coltrane’s legendary quartet in the 1960s, appearing on most of the saxophonist’s most popular recordings. He was the younger brother of pianist Hank and trumpeter Thad Jones and had worked with Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and J.J. Johnson prior to joining Coltrane. A masterful innovator of polyrhythms, after a brief stint with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, he formed Elvin Jones Jazz Machine and helmed it until his death. In his last years he also collaborated annually with pianist Cecil Taylor.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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