Elvin Jones: Transcription, Style Analysis and New Yorker Interview


Elvin Jones was a trailblazer. Coming to prominence during his stint with the John Coltrane Quartet, Jones always pursued a singular path of uniqueness as a drummer. His approach has long been viewed as revolutionary and he is one of the most influential drummers to have played the instrument. Elvin was known as a player who valued the musical phrase and as such, his ideas often crossed the bar line and avoided the “one.” In addition, he was arguably the first jazz drummer to deeply explore all three notes of the triplet and whose independence was developed to a never-before-seen level that allowed very intricate placements of all three triplet notes within his grooves. It is my hope that this brief article will offer some insights into his playing and his personality. Here’s how…

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