25 March 2008


Elvin Jones for Blue Note from 1971.

Frank Foster (ts, afl, acl)Joe Farrell, Dave Liebman (ts, ss)Gene Perla (b, el-b) Elvin Jones (d)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood
Cliffs, NJ, February 12, 1971
Steve Grossman,Dave Liebman (ts, ss)Joe Farrell (ts, ss, fl, picc)Pepper Adams (bars) Chick Corea,
Jan Hammer (p, el-p)Yoshiaki Masuo (g)Gene Perla (b, el-b) Elvin Jones (d)Don Alias (cga, glockenspiel,oriental bells)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood
Cliffs, NJ, December 16, 1971
Keeping the Stone Alliance connection going here's Elvin Jones featuring Gene Perla on Bass & Don Alias on Congas and Percussion.This lp was recorded shortly before Kikuchi's Hollow Out session with Jones and Perla but that is where the similarity ends.Interestingly enough the Japanese guitarist Yoshiaki Masuo(on this set) had been playing with Sadao Watanabe and had impressed Elvin and Gene Perla sufficiently to bring him back to New York to record with this line up.
Here's a fairly low key view of the album by Scott Yanow:personally I think it's pretty good :

The music is generally quite worthwhile, if a bit eclectic with the personnel changes throughout the session. The great drummer Elvin Jones is joined by the reeds of David Liebman, Steve Grossman and Joe Farrell; baritonist Pepper Adams is also on two numbers, keyboardists Chick Corea and Jan Hammer generally alternate (although they both appear on a few tunes together), guitarist Yoshiaki Masuo has guest appearances on two songs, and most selections include bassist Gene Perla and percussionist Don Alias. The group mostly plays concise versions of band originals, including Corea's classic "La Fiesta." An interesting set, but Elvin Jones has recorded many more rewarding albums. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Reissued on cd as part of The Blue Note Mosaic Box Set which is long out of print-this is ripped from the original vinyl @320.


bacoso said...


katonah said...

another stone cold burner.
many thanks.

i love masuo on sais with rollins and mtume on horn culture ....

boost said...

thanks for this !
and thanks 4 the link :)
nice to apear on your page !
if you wanna contribute to my mwandishi-headhunters oriented blog, you're welcome...



John said...

all right now!

Dutch Masta said...

Thank you!

deconstructo said...

thanks for filling a hole. I saw Elvin so many times during 71-75, that I think I saw every combination of groups that's on this Blue Note hodge-podge. Well, hodge-podge isn't the right word, but by this time, BN did not know what to do with the great stuff they had, they wanted to push Bobbie Humphreys, Patrice Rushen, et al. I worked for their distribution during 74/75. So, they had stuff in the vaults that they just pushed out, like this one, leaving Elvin puzzled, and soon he was at Vanguard.

Simon666 said...

Hi there bacoso,
I’ve linked to your page in my post of Elvin Jones – New Agenda (1975)
All the best,

James Manion said...

Mr. bacoso this is my last request, if you could repost Merry Go round. Can't find this anywhere on disc. I am broke at the moment but would be more than happy to make a financial donation to you in the not to distant future. I have always been willing to pay my way. Respectfully Jim

James Manion said...

Heads up, I found Open road & Merry Go Round earlier so I wanted to scratch them of my request of eaarlier. Didn't want you wasting your time on me. Thanks, really enjoying the Mal Waldrons & the Holly Grail