Pale Wire (Popscene)

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

A Blue Note


News hit today that Elvin Jones, a jazz drummer best known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet, passed away on Tuesday. In memorium, MP3 Blog The Suburbs Are Killing Us is sharing two examples of E.J. in his prime.

Click here for his NYTimes obit.

"The critic and historian Leonard Feather explained Jones' significance this way: "His main achievement was the creation of what might be called a circle of sound, a continuum in which no beat of the bar was necessarily indicated by any specific accent, yet the overall feeling became a tremendously dynamic and rhythmically important part of the whole group."