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Celebrating Elvin Jones - Calhoun, Will


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On his second album for Motéma Music, Will Calhoun, the hard-driving,
groove-oriented drummer for the pioneering rock group
Living Colour, pays tribute to his earliest and most profound
influence with a stellar band of musicians, all of whom were
impacted by Elvin Jones through their personal growth as
a musician or their past working with him directly: bassist
Christian McBride, saxophonist Antoine Roney, pianist/
keyboardist Carlos McKinney, and trumpeter Keyon Harrold.
The great keyboardist Jan Hammer, a member of Jones‘ trio
for On the Mountain (1975), joins the band for a reprise of that
album‘s Gene Perla-penned track „Destiny;“ and Senegalese
percussionist Doudou N‘Diaye Rose joins with a group of
drummers for the traditional Japanese folk song „Doll of the
Bride.“
The songs that Calhoun selected for Celebrating Elvin Jones
span the late drummer‘s career, though they also reflect a
distinctly individual approach to that catalogue. Calhoun
devised the repertoire based on purely musical instincts,
not just skimming the drummer‘s most recognizable tunes.
There‘s nothing on the album from the Coltrane Quartet, and
„Three Card Molly,“ perhaps Jones‘ best-known composition,
is missing from the track listing – in part because Calhoun
recorded a memorable version for his 2006 release Native
Lands in the immediate aftermath of Jones‘ death. The
rousing opener „EJ Blues“ was a staple of the Elvin Jones Jazz
Machine‘s live performances in the 1980s, while Wilbur Little‘s
stabbing modal tune „Whew“ dates back to the drummer‘s
1969 album Poly-Currents. John Coltrane‘s „Harmonique“
predates Jones‘ tenure in the saxophonist‘s band, but the
drummer recorded it on his 1984 tribute, Brother John. Jones
recorded Wayne Shorter‘s „Mahjong“ on the composer‘s 1964
release JuJu, while his wife Keiko contributed „Shinjitsu,“
which was recorded on 1985‘s Live at Pit Inn. The meditative
„Sarmastah“ is Calhoun‘s sole original composition on the
album, featuring the drummer playing blissful 12-string
acoustic guitar to conjure a transcendent mood in conjunction
with Roney‘s soprano and McKinney‘s electric piano. „I love
Elvin and all of his contributions. He‘s inspired me in so many
ways, even playing with Living Colour. It‘s a thank you and a
respectful homage to this wonderful musician.“
Fakta
Artikelnummer 234292
Streckkod 885150342923
Utgivningsdatum 2016-08-19
Kategori Jazz
Skivbolag Motéma
Enhet CD
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Artister Calhoun, Will
Disk: 1
1 EJ Blues 7:11
2 Whew 9:59
3 Harmonique 6:38
4 Sarmastah 3:33
5 Mahjong 9:55
6 Shinjitsu 0:46
7 Doll Of The Bride 15:18
8 Destiny 5:39
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