Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The first album master drummer Elvin Jones did for Enja! While some of his previous studio recordings are lacking the real energy of his music, Vanguard showcases the art of jazz improvisation. Jones lays down his polyrhythms with his usual skill, and does some of his best solo work ever done on record.
Personnel: Elvin Jones (drums); George Coleman (tenor saxophone); "Hannibal" Peterson (trumpet); Wilbur Little (bass).
Personnel: Elvin Jones (drums); George Coleman (tenor saxophone); Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson (trumpet).
Liner Note Author: Milo Fine.
Recording information: Village Vanguard, NY (03/20/1968).
In what was probably the first recording by drummer Elvin Jones' working group (and one of his first after the death of John Coltrane), the focus is very much on tenor saxophonist George Coleman. The trio (which also includes bassist Wilbur Little) stretches out on Coleman's "By George," "Laura," and "You Don't Know What Love Is," and is joined by trumpeter Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson for a 15-minute version of "Mister Jones." The music is very much in the late-'50s/early-'60s modal vein of Coltrane, and although rather brief, the playing here is excellent and reasonably exploratory. ~ Scott Yanow