Blue Note to issue legendary 1967 Elvin Jones Quartet concerts
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
On 18 November, Blue Note Records will be releasing Revival: Live at Pookie's Pub, a previously- unissued live recording of Elvin Jones’ quartet that captures the legendary drummer’s emergence as a bandleader at a little-known club in New York City where he had a weekly residency after leaving John Coltrane's band in 1966.
On 18 November, Blue Note Records will be releasing Revival: Live at Pookie's Pub, a previously- unissued live recording of Elvin Jones’ quartet that captures the legendary drummer’s emergence as a bandleader at a little-known club in New York City where he had a weekly residency after leaving John Coltrane's band in 1966. Featuring Joe Farrell on tenor saxophone, Billy Greene on piano, and Wilbur Little on bass, Revival was recorded between 28 and 30 July 28, 1967, just two weeks after Coltrane died on 17 July. The album shows the band stretching out on expansive versions of standards and bandmember originals such as Jones’ present to his wife, the 21-minute-long 'Keiko’s Birthday March' which is available to stream or download now.
Revival: Live at Pookie's Pub will be released in deluxe 180g 3-LP and 2-CD sets which include an extensive booklet with stunning photos by Francis Wolff, Ozier Muhammad, Christian Rose, and others; essays by award-winning author and co-producer Ashley Kahn, co-producer Zev Feldman, executive producer Don Was, and the original recording engineer Bob Falesch; interviews and statements by drummers Alvin Queen and Michael Shrieve, pianist Richie Beirach, and Elvin Jones band alumni Pat LaBarbera, Gene Perla, and Dave Liebman.
“I first became aware of these recordings of Elvin Jones at Pookie's Pub back in 2011 and was looking for a label that would be a good fit and share my enthusiasm and excitement for the project," said Feldman. "Luckily, I found the best home there is with Don Was at Blue Note. What better label to keep Elvin's legacy burning bright than Blue Note? This is going to be a must-have for Elvin fans.”
Elvin Jones was one of the most influential drummers in jazz history. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan on September 9, 1927, the youngest of 10 children that also included two elder brothers — Thad and Hank — who would also become jazz legends. After moving to New York City, Jones worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and Sonny Rollins before joining forces with John Coltrane and becoming a member of the saxophonist’s seminal quartet. During the 1960s, Jones recorded on numerous classic Blue Note albums including Freddie Hubbard's Ready for Freddie, Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil, Joe Henderson Inner Urge, Larry Young Unity, and McCoy Tyner The Real McCoy. After leaving Coltrane’s group, Jones signed with Blue Note as a leader in 1968 and began recording a series of remarkable albums for the label through the early 1970s that included Puttin’ It Together, The Ultimate, Poly-Currents, Genesis, and Mr. Jones.
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