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Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine / Elvin Jones, Ravi John Coltrane, Sonny Fortune

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Elvin Jones is the archetypical modern jazz musician -instinct not intellect. This is the kind of music he has played to perfection since his days with John Coltrane. There are some heavy-duty side-men in his present "Jazz Machine", Sonny Fortune and Ravi John Coltrane, the son of the most influential tenor sax player ever.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ARXF6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: VHS Tape
Percussion powerhouse Elvin Jones, the rhythm dynamo who propelled the classic John Coltrane Quartet, brings his screaming intensity to his Jazz Machine in this stirring video that features Trane's son Ravi on tenor as well as veteran saxman Sonny Fortune and Chicago mainstay Willie Pickins on piano. Songs include "Is There a Jackson in the House?", "Ray El" and "Doll of the Bride". #1346 (58 min, Hi-Fi Stereo)
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By Jucman on December 11, 2004
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This is amazing footage... three songs, all of which Elvin takes solos on. Sonny Fortune literally BURNS through the last tune, and Ravi Coltrane is right there with him. Elvin is amazing, he is pushing the band on and on and his basist, Chip Jackson, is ready to amuse. Why four and not five stars? The sound quality, and the pianist. I just could not stand the pianist. Thankfully I don't know his name, so I won't lambaste him any further. Finally, the sound quality, of course I wasn't expecting much, but the sound is somewhat mushy. Elvin's solos sometimes seem a little repettitive due to the sound quality, and sometimes I would have to turn up to hear the base, and then down for the drums. But don't get me wrong, all in all, this is an awesome DVD from a drum master.
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the performance begins with elvin jones counting out the time and then transferring that to one driving cymbal {i'm already excited} starting the band off with the opening theme to 'is there a jackson in the house'. soloists' are sonny fortune on tenor saxophone, ravi john coltrane, on soprano, willie pickens on acoustic piano, chip jackson on stand-up bass and last but not least elvin jones seated before a full drum kit. sonny fortune soulful tenor starts, performing on familiar ground in the post bop tradition. he has that full masculine tenor sound and approach; very confident and very passionate. leaves no doubt to his expertise on saxophone. ravi john coltrane follows on soprano not as aggressive as his predecessor, selecting notes more deliberately. not attempting to repeat post bop lines maybe, i can't say but; more deliberate style of playing, anyway. will pickens enters on piano. what a wonderful choice having pickens on board in this ensemble; his clean lines, clean playing; he too travels the post bop road and splendidly he does on this wonderful solo which takes us on a journey of wonderful chording, and he brings out the qualities inherent in the acoustic piano. chip jackson enters with bass solo. here is a man who really loves his instrument. he's all over the place and a passionate player he is. elvin jones performs his solo on full kit with fluidity and grace with such skill the european audience responds cheering and whistling... deep into a complex solo elvin is gone, or so it appears by the expression on his face; but, of course there is a smile present for elvin so loves to play. the band returns to the thesis and concludes with a rewarding opener.
sonny fortune on flute, ravi john coltrane on soprano, playing in unison opens second piece 'ray el'.
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He is not just a drummer, he is what Jazz is all about. Pure Joy and Freedom of Expressive Poetry. Everyone should have this in their DVD video Jazz collection.

Nelson

NY
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A must for Be-Bop lovers. Elvin Jones is the master and, regretably, there will probably never be another drummer who even comes close to his combination of talent, skills and ability.
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