Elvin Jones is not often posted on blogs. He may not have had the artistry of Sunny Murray or Max Roach, but he was one of the greatest rhythmic drummers of all time. Famous of course for his 6 year stint with Coltrane, after which he was replaced by Rashied Ali, Elvin embarked on a career as leader of his own bands. I had the good fortune to catch a live concert in London, slightly earlier than this recording, and with Joe Farrell instead of Liebman.
This recording was released as a double LP by Blue Note. For some unexplained reason they never re-released it on CD. I have seen reference to a Japanese import, but I've never seen it. The highlight of the set, for me, is the opening tune "Fancy Free" which has some fantastic soloing from Liebman on soprano and Grossman on tenor.
Elvin Jones - drums
Steve Grossman - tenor sax
Dave Liebman - tenor and soprano sax
Gene Perla - bass
02 Fancy Free (Donald Byrd)
03 Sambra (G Perla)
04 The Children, Save The Children (D Garcia)
05 Happy Birthday
06 Sweet Mama (G Perla)
07 New Breed (D Liebman)
08 My Ship (I Gershwin)
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