Nearly an hour-long concert video pairing up the Horace Silver Quintet (rarely heard with this personnel) with Elvin Jones’ Trio, from 1968. There is a blazing version of Silver’s “Nutville” featuring the inspired and under-appreciated Bennie Maupin (ts) and Bill Hardman (tp) – but the real find is the young “Bill Cobham,” in his early twenties, displaying some ferocious chops on an Italian-made ‘Hollywood’ drum kit, replete with a tunable floor tom. Drummers will no doubt be interested by his ‘right-handed’ setup, and reversed traditional-grip sticking.
The closing portion of the concert video features Elvin Jones with Joe Farrell (ts, fl) and Jimmy Garrison (bs). Elvin is, as usual, simply brilliant.
“The first time I hung out with Elvin was at Logan Airport in Boston. He had a layover and I had a layover so we had lunch and talked. I was working with Wynton [Marsalis] at the time and maybe he knew that, but it really didn’t matter what level I was on. Just the fact that I was trying to play was good enough for him. He would stare at me for a while without saying anything, which was kind of mysterious, but then at some point he said, ’It appears that you have a propensity for dealing with an abstract conception,’ and it came out of nowhere. And I was like, ’What do you mean? About music or about life?’ And he said, ’Aren’t they both the same thing?’” — Jeff “Tain” Watts (from “13 Drummers Remember Elvin Jones”: DRUM! Magazine, August/September 2004, by Bill Milkowski)
From the “Drummer’s Resource Podcast,” curated by drummer Nick Ruffini ( iTunes ). http://www.drummersresource.com/peter-erskine-interview/
The consummate professional – a drummer’s drummer – a musician’s musician. Well worth your time and undivided attention.