Elvin Jones

Elvin Jones, one of the foremost percussionists of the modern jazz era, freed drums from their traditional use as a time-keeping instrument with his densely textured polyrhythmic approach. Best known for his tenure in the John Coltrane quartet, Jones build on the bebop advances of Max Roach and Kenny Clarke with a volcanic attack and phenomenal energy that made him a role model for a generation of players. Jazz critic Leonard Feather summed it up by saying that Jones’ “main achievement was the creation of what might be called a circle of sound, a continuum in which no beat of the bar was necessarily indicated... Read More

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