Horace Silver Quintet and Elvin Jones Trio, from 1968.


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.

Happy Birthday, Elvin Jones!

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“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)