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Elvin Jones, 1927 – 2004

 

Elvin Jones and the Coltrane Jazz Quartet, 1960 – 1965

 

Elvin Jones played with Coltrane’s group for nearly six years. About his experience, Jones wrote in the 8-disc album, COLTRANE, THE CLASSIC QUARTET—Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings: “It felt like a perfect blend, a joy. It was always a joy to play, in a recording studio or a nightclub. It was the same feeling, in front of a large audience or no one at all. Music was our sole purpose.”
 

Roger Kallins took this photograph during a Classic Jazz Quartet concert in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1961.

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Photograph by Roger Kallins. Courtesy of Patricia Darlington.