Down Beat (2/00, p.76) - 3 out of 5 - "A curious set from '67, this one finds drummer Jones and bassist Davis leading a small group, featuring tenorist Frank Foster, through a set of blues and standards..."
Personnel: Elvin Jones (guitar, drums); Richard Davis (acoustic bass); Frank Foster (tenor saxophone); Billy Green (piano).
Producer: Bob Thiele.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at RCA Recording Studio, New York, New York on June 19 & 20, 1967. Originally issued on Impulse! (9160). Includes liner notes by Frank Kofsky.
Digitally remastered using 20-bit technology by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media Studios).
One of Elvin Jones' better CDs as a leader, HEAVY SOUNDS offers a plethora of aural pleasures. Whether it be Frank Foster's creative tenor work, or Richard Davis' fat, rounded double bass tone, this music really swings hard. With his sensitive, yet hard-hitting style, Jones himself is in superb form here.
Highlights on HEAVY SOUNDS include a bass and drums duet version of "Summertime," and the beautiful ballad, "Here's That Rainy Day." On the former, Jones plays a particularly moving solo using timpani mallets. Jones also plays guitar (his first and only time) on this album--his old-fashioned delta blues style ain't half bad.