Elvin Jones – Revival: Live at Pookie’s Pub (Live at Pookie’s Pub, 1967) (2022) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

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Elvin Jones – Revival: Live at Pookie’s Pub (Live at Pookie’s Pub, 1967) (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 02:13:18 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Blue Note Records

A year after the legendary drummer Elvin Jones left the John Coltrane Quartet, he found a steady gig at Pookie’s Pub, a relatively short-lived jazz venue in New York City. Jones was in the process of establishing himself as a bandleader, and for several months in 1967, he led groups with a variety of different lineups at the small club.This never-before-released album, recorded over three nights, finds Jones working with saxophonist Joe Farrell, pianist Billy Greene, and bassist Wilbur Little. Farrell and Jones are clearly the stars here: Farrell takes a number of excellent extended solos and Jones does not hold back, unleashing volleys of dazzling hits and swinging like mad. Greene, who may have only had one album credit in his career—Jones’s Heavy Sounds—more than holds his own despite the club’s out-of-tune upright piano. Little is the sturdy pulse of the music, providing ballast for this freewheeling quartet.

The Jones composition, “Keiko’s Birthday March,” has obvious ties to Coltrane. After Jones’s martial drum intro, the band heads into modal jazz territory with Farrell’s powerful tenor at full bore. Farrell is clearly influenced by Coltrane, but he possesses his own distinct, muscular sound. And there are echoes of McCoy Tyner in Greene’s opening piano part, but his solo, along with his other work on the album, makes it clear he is primarily an inventive hard bop player.

Organist Larry Young is the guest pianist on “Ginger Bread Boy,” one of saxophonist Jimmy Heath’s better-known compositions. (It also appears on Miles Davis’s Miles Smiles.) The out-of-tune piano lends Young’s high-flying solo a strange edge; it’s one of the wilder statements on Revival. Once again, Farrell is focused and everflowing; countless notes pour out of his horn, but none are gratuitous.

There’s a sensitive version of “My Funny Valentine,” a slow-burner that effectively contrasts with the up-tempo performances here. Jones brings a nice touch to his brush work and Farrell’s flute tone imbues the melody with a sense of tremulous vulnerability.

But more than anything, Revival is an Elvin Jones showcase, one where he drives the band hard and unspools one exciting solo after another. He is a constant fount of creative energy, consistently bringing earthiness and deep joy to his wondrous rhythmic displays.


1-01. Elvin Jones – Keiko’s Birthday March (Live at Pookie’s Pub, 1967) (21:12)
1-02. Elvin Jones – Ginger Bread Boy (Live at Pookie’s Pub, 1967) (08:33)
1-03. Elvin Jones – 13 Avenue B (Live at Pookie’s Pub, 1967) (16:40)
1-04. Elvin Jones – My Funny Valentine (Live at Pookie’s Pub, 1967) (08:25)
1-05. Elvin Jones – M.E. (Live at Pookie’s Pub, 1967) (20:06)
1-06. Elvin Jones – On The Trail (Live at Pookie’s Pub, 1967) (19:47)
1-07. Elvin Jones – Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Live at Pookie’s Pub, 1967) (18:23)
1-08. Elvin Jones – Raunchy Rita (Live at Pookie’s Pub, 1967) (03:55)
1-09. Elvin Jones – Oleo (Live at Pookie’s Pub, 1967) (16:14)



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