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April 28, 2012


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Jason Crane | The Jazz Session

Hi Marc,

Romain Collin was on The Jazz Session this week. Here's the link: http://bit.ly/I2gka0

I think your readers would also enjoy my other show this week -- a wide-ranging conversation with Chris Brubeck (son of Dave): http://bit.ly/IezKsq

All the best,

Jason Crane
The Jazz Session


Funny variety here. -- As for the Elvin Jones solo, I learned from a drummer that... "the original audio was so bad that Earl Palmer was hired to transcribe and over-dub Elvin's solo. I dunno. Some of it does looks a bit out of sync but it sure sounds like Elvin to me." ∽ Quote from the internet :)

This is true; if you're watching closely, you can spot a few cymbal crashes being out of synch. -- Anyway, it's amazing, and it's one of the most surreal scenes in the history of motion pictures.

Alan Hill

The Elvin Jones clip is from a movie very much of its time, Zachariah. I saw it at the cinema in about 1971. Zachariah is a rare beast on DVD if it's available at all.

That looks like a young Joe Walsh leading the James Band at the start of this clip. And I recall Country Joe and the Fish were in the movie as an outlaw gang.

Downbeat magazine at one stage in the late 1960s ran a series of pieces analysing and transcribing the work of various drummers _ Buddy Rich, Max Roach and Elvin among them. The analyst and transcriber was the appropriately named Rupert Kettle. He reckoned Elvin was "not an especially thorough technician". Agreed, but if I have to listen to a drum solo, Elvin's are as good as anyone else's.

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