Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Elvin Jones Jazz Machine - 1978 - Live in Japan 1978

Elvin Jones Jazz Machine
Live in Japan 1978

101. E.J. Blues 15:27
102. House That Love Built 10:25
103. A Love Supreme 26:45

201. Keiko's Birthday March 15:28
202. Bessie's Blues 4:37
203. Antigua 15:38
204. E.J. Blues 6:50

Bass – Andy McCloud
Drums – Elvin Jones
Guitar – Roland Prince
Tenor Saxophone – Frank Foster
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Pat LaBarbera

Recorded live at Yomiuri Hall, Tokyo, April 8 & 9, 1978.

A smoking live set from Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine group – a very powerful quintet that's driven by a two-saxophone engine! The reeds here are handled by Frank Foster and Pat Labarbera – both of whom help Jones work out some post-Coltrane energy – but not in a way that seeks to just copy The Great One! Instead, the combo build wonderfully on the spirit left behind by the late Trane – playing long tracks that stretch out with searing solos from both saxophonists, build on piano-less rhythm from Roland Prince's guitar and the bass of Andy McCloud. The set was recorded live, but with wonderful clarity – and titles include Foster's great "House That Love Built", plus "EJ Blues" and a take on "Love Supreme".

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