Down Beat (7/92, p.54) - 4.5. Stars - Very Good Plus - "...a stunning performance..."
Option (5/29/92, p.114) - "...the presence of the younger Coltrane will draw attention and he deserves it...Jones is one of the most listenable drum soloists in jazz..."
Personnel: Elvin Jones (drums); Ravi Coltrane (soprano & tenor saxophones); Sonny Fortune (tenor saxophone, flute); Willie Pickens (piano); Chip Jackson (bass).
Recorded live at the Jazz An Der Donau Festival, Vilshofen, Germany on June 23, 1991. Includes an interview with Elvin Jones by Werner Stiefele.
Despite his stature in both the percussion and jazz communities as a drumming pioneer, Elvin Jones rarely gets credit for his long lived, always swinging group, The Jazz Machine. On this 1991 live concert, we hear why critics and music fans alike should sit up and listen more to this band. Jones' huge sound and dexterity are immediately apparent on the McCoy Tyner tune, "Island Birdie," while his sensitivity to the other musicians is displayed on both "Ray" and "Doll of the Bride," the other two songs featured on this 63-minute CD.
In addition to Jones' powerful playing, Ravi Coltrane sounds particularly inspired on soprano saxophone. Like his father, the legendary John Coltrane, the twenty-five year old reed man plays with great maturity and imagination. The interaction between the soloists and the rhythm section is what ultimately brings this concert to life.