Sunday, August 16, 2009

Elvin Jones - "Summit Meeting" (1976)





To complete our series of Elvin Jones albums on Vanguard Records, reader Luis has kindly donated a vinyl rip of "Summit Meeting" from 1976.

This comes the year after "New Agenda" in Jones' Vanguard chronology, recorded a few months after "The Main Force"; and the year before "Time Capsule".

As the title suggests, this is more of a group album, and is listed in some places as such. It's generally a little more straight-ahead that the albums that preceded it and followed it - Jones is deferring to trumpeter Clark Terry and saxaphonist James Moody, neither of whom he had played with before.

The fusion touches of "The Main Force" are nowhere to be seen - guitarist Roland Prince has a more laid-back, supportive role than Ryo Kawasaki from the former album. Keyboards are provided by Albert Dailey - his rhodes work is as solid as ever - not working with the onboard FX, but more working in a blues-based piano style, while still mindful of the electric instrument's tonality.

Mostly, the tracks are a showcase for solos by Moody, Terry and altoist Bunky Green, who would come to the fore in "Time Capsule" the year after. Producer Ed Bland's composition "Moody Magic" is the closest track to the more organised and composed structures that would follow on that album. The other standout for me here is Bunky Green's "Blues for Clark", with great solos by Dailey, Terry and Green. Check previews of both of these tracks at the top of the post.

Hope you enjoy this one! Please thank Luis for the rip.

TRACKLIST

01. 'Tee Pee Music' - (Clark Terry) - 8.09
02. 'Blues for Clark' - (Bunky Green) - 5.59
03. 'Moody Magic' - (Ed Bland) - 6.11
04. 'Summit Song' - (Bunky Green) - 10.13
05. 'Jones' - (Pauline Reddon-Duke Ellington) - 9.54

MUSICIANS

Elvin Jones - drums
Clark Terry - trumpet and flugelhorn
James Moody - tenor sax
Bunky Green - alto sax
Roland Prince - guitar
Albert Dailey - electric piano, piano
Angel Allende - percussion
David Williams - bass

PRODUCTION

Vanguard Records VSD 79390
Recorded NYC November 18th, 1976
Produced by Ed Bland
Recording Engineers - Charlie Repka, Jeff Zaraya
Mixer - David Baker
Design - Jules Halfant
Photograph - Joel Brodsky


OTHER ELVIN JONES at this blog :

1975 "New Agenda"
1976 "The Main Force"
1977 "Time Capsule"

51 comments:

fiz said...

I've never heard of this one ... thank you & Luis

Wallofsound said...

Thnaks for ripping Luis; thanks for sharing, Simon.

flageolette said...

Great,many thanks!

Cheers,

flageolette said...

It's Bunky & friends indeed..
fantastic,all together!

Thanks for this Simon

nikos1109 said...

First class post and a work that is always fantastic. Simon you are one of the few bloggers I deeply respect and admire. God bless you!

matt said...

Hi SImon, thanks for these...do you by any chance have his Midnight Walk LP from 1967 for Atlantic?

taro nombei said...

always grateful, Simon.
thanks to Luis also!

Simon666 said...

Thanks for the comments guys.
@ Matt - don't have that one sorry!

luis said...

Elvin Jones Midnight Walk is commercially availiable.

http://www.amazon.com/Then-Again-Midnight-Walk/dp/B00003TFPR/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1250464749&sr=1-11

JTF said...

Now THIS is a lineup!

E-mile said...

Luis & Simon, the saga continues!
really looking forward hearing this -new to me- bit of the Elvin Jones discography. Thanks a lot!!
peace, E-mile

Fat Toro said...

crazy world...
my blog is back!

sorry 4 it...

Simon666 said...

that's great toro :)

jazzistic said...

What a line-up::
Thanks a lot for this share
Regards

funk tone said...

thank you for the elvin jones albums
great music on your blog!

http://funkytones.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great rips! cheers, j@y.

jakdolesa said...

...thanks again for the Elvin Festival in here : )...

soifran said...

wouah, what an album... coming here for the first time, subscribing to the RSSSSS :D

thanks a lot for the share !

Al said...

Thanks for posting, and thanks for Luis as well!

RowanB said...

no posts in a while,.. hope you havnt actually had "enough" rhodes :)

Anonymous said...

THANX LUIS! USE TO SEE THIS ONE IN THE BINS YEARS AGO BUT NEVER PICKED IT UP. ELVIN LIVES!!

Anonymous said...

thank you very much. i appreciate what you guys are doing....

jpo said...

very cool post! thanks

Moes Lake said...

Very cool post indeed! Thanks a lot!

Ηλίαση said...

Fantastic almbum !!!!
thanks

Reza said...

for something completely different for you

http://kellysloungesoundz.blogspot.com/2009/09/don-burrows-adelaide-connection-makin.html

Simon666 said...

Thanks for the comments guys ;)

Thanks for the link Reza, I'll check it.

Rodrigo López "Donny" said...

Hi, great blog. Congratulations. I've just began my own blog about black music: http://soulyotrosalimentosdelalma.blogspot.com/ I hope you like it. Thanks very much

faud said...

Amazing work..

Thanks..

Fred

http://wwww.lesmainsnoires.blogspot.com

vincent the soul chef said...

Been a minute, Simon. Hope things are going well. Thanks for all. :)

Peace and blessings.

Jazz from Italy said...

explosive, vitality Elvin!!!

I lOve the sound of Clark Terry.

Thanx.

fredonline said...

REALLY NICE ;o) - Thanks a lot !

mpx said...

thanks!

EtN said...

Great Elvin Jones !!!
This is my blog : http://shapeofmysound.blogspot.com/

PEACE

klakadak said...

I love Elvin, as well as Clark.

Luis and Simon, thanks a lot for sharing this with us!

Thanks a million for other Elvin's albums as well!

Simon666 said...

you're welcome klakadak :)
Thanks for the comments guys!

Searching for Birdland said...

Thanks for making sure that this music is getting heard again...

ish said...

OK Simon, your blog vacation is over. Come back to us!

Andy said...

Excellent,thanks for your efforts

Anonymous said...

Great blog. I really enjoyed the Gil Scott Heron.
Hey, I have an old Rhodes in my garage, Probably been there 10 years now, so It's experienced a lot of temperature changes. It never worked. I got it for free and on closer inspection we found that the wires on the pickups had corroded right where the wire comes off the spool. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do with it?
I'm in South west WI.
thanks,
John

Simon666 said...

hey john -
thanks for the comment :)
Re your rhodes - check the service pages here :
http://www.fenderrhodes.com/cgi-bin/service
See if anyone's near you ...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info.
John

Anonymous said...

Hey are you a professional journalist? This article is very well written, as compared to most other blogs i saw today….
anyhow thanks for the good read!

barsha said...

Wow! I had this vanil but it was stolen.
Thanks to bring me back for this old days.

Anonymous said...

Wow thanks a million for that one. It has a so special flavor to me. I remember when I came accross it incidentaly in 1984 or so. The blending of 'straight ahead' Moody and Terry appoaches with the more opened lines of Elvin, Green and Prince made a lasting impression to me. Never found this flavor again on other albums. Thxs. Fred

Anonymous said...

Elvin Jones, never heard of him..I'm sure that is going to be a great album as are all your D-load.Discovering a chest full of gold.Thanks mint. Cesa

oui said...

your posts are very well done sir. thanks for all

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for this excellent posting

saitta68 said...

Thanks so much for this.
By the way, the saxophone solo on Blues for Clark is by James Moody not Bunky Green. It's definitely tenor. But some of the intervallic things Moody does against the chords sound like he was checking out Bunky at the session. So great to hear this.... Thanks again.

Dirk Bill said...

All this great old Elvin on Vanguard vinyl brings back some memories. A lot of drummer friends in school had these so I was spoiled. Thanks for ripping and posting it all so I could hear it once more!

aroonie said...

Well thank you very much. Greatly appreciated.