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Dear John C.
Elvin Jones
Dear John C.
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Elvin Jones was nearing the end of his long stay with John Coltrane when he led these sessions in 1965, and while the style is small-group postbop the music is very different from the thick, teeming textures of the Coltran...  more »

      
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All Artists: Elvin Jones
Title: Dear John C.
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Grp Records
Release Date: 5/25/1993
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011105012621, 011105012645

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Elvin Jones was nearing the end of his long stay with John Coltrane when he led these sessions in 1965, and while the style is small-group postbop the music is very different from the thick, teeming textures of the Coltrane quartet. The core band is a trio with the Charlie Parker-influenced alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano and the brilliant bassist Richard Davis, later a long-standing member of Jones's own bands. Davis and Jones are a stunning rhythm team, with reserves of power and majestic instrumental command, and the underrated Mariano soars overhead on a series of lyrical standards, including "Everything Happens to Me" and "This Love of Mine." Roland Hanna joins the group for the first three selections, and Elvin's brother, Hank for the last four. Of the Hanna tracks, Charles Mingus's "Love Bird" is particularly apt, with Mingus veterans Mariano and Hanna fired up by a bassist every bit as propulsive as the composer. Hank Jones's crisp and inventive lines shine on the classic bop of "Anthropology" and Ellington's "Fantazm." --Stuart Broomer

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CD Reviews

An unknown, unappreciated classic
Jess Row | NYC | 05/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is a classic of mid-1960's jazz. Mariano, one of the great invisible talents of the era, plays at the top of his form, Hank Jones and Roland Hanna do priceless work on the piano, and the Richard Davis/Jones rhythm section keeps it loose and flowing throughout. "Everything Happens to Me" is a heartbreaking ballad, but every song is a near-perfect achievement. It's astonishing to me that this CD has gone out of print. I would rate it alongside Shorter's "Speak No Evil," Coltrane's "Live at Birdland," Andrew Hill's "Point of Departure," and so on--one of the ten or twenty masterpieces of a golden age in jazz."
Dear John C,Elvin Jones.
J. France | 04/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Dating from Feb.1965,this is a quartet featuring Charlie Mariano on alto sax.,Richard Davis on bass,Roland Hanna on piano on tracks 1-3,Hank Jones playing piano on tracks 7-10,with Elvin Jones as leader on drums.Tracks include Dear John C,Ballade,Love Bird,Everything Happens To Me,Smoke Rings,This Love of Mine,Anthropology,Feeling Good,Fantazm and That Five Four Bag,the last track being in addition to the vynil version.Mariano plays beautifully,likewise both pianists,Richard Davis is superb and very well recorded with Elvin playing with great taste and taking some nice solos.I,ve had this set on vynil for around 40 years and was fortunate to get a used CD in as new condition via Amazon."