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.