It Don't Mean a Thing

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Elvin Jones has participated in many recording sessions through the years, but this CD is one of the most well-rounded sets he has ever led. The lineup of musicians is very impressive: trumpeter Nicholas Payton, Sonny Fortune on tenor and flute, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, pianist Willie Pickens, bassist Cecil McBee, and vocalist Kevin Mahogany. Everyone plays up to their potential and the material has plenty of variety, ranging from Monk, Ellington, and Strayhorn to a traditional Japanese folk song arranged by Elvin's wife, Keiko "A Lullaby of Itsugo Village", two features for Mahogany a touching version of "Lush Life" and his scat-filled "Bopsy", and some ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Elvin Jones has participated in many recording sessions through the years, but this CD is one of the most well-rounded sets he has ever led. The lineup of musicians is very impressive: trumpeter Nicholas Payton, Sonny Fortune on tenor and flute, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, pianist Willie Pickens, bassist Cecil McBee, and vocalist Kevin Mahogany. Everyone plays up to their potential and the material has plenty of variety, ranging from Monk, Ellington, and Strayhorn to a traditional Japanese folk song arranged by Elvin's wife, Keiko "A Lullaby of Itsugo Village", two features for Mahogany a touching version of "Lush Life" and his scat-filled "Bopsy", and some authentic-sounding R&B Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come". Payton, Marsalis, and Fortune are not on every selection, but each have their chance to shine while pianist Willie Pickens is showcased with the trio on a medley of "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing" and "Ask Me Now." And as for the drummer, there is still no one around who has captured the sound and spirit of Elvin Jones.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1994
  • Label: Enja
  • UPC: 063757806622
  • Catalog Number: 8066
  • Sales rank: 143,736

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvin Jones Primary Artist, Drums
Sonny Fortune Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Cecil McBee Bass, Upright Bass
Kevin Mahogany Vocals
Delfeayo Marsalis Trombone
Nicholas Payton Trumpet
Willie Pickens Piano
Technical Credits
Michael Marciano Engineer
Gene Perla Arranger
Bret Primack Liner Notes
Matthias Winckelmann Producer
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