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Forever Elvin

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Forever Elvin
Forever Elvin


Peter King and Alan Skidmore are recognised as two of the major saxophonists of their generation. The late drummer Martin Drew is no less revered internationally, while the reputations of pianist Steve Melling and bassist Alec Dankworth are firmly and rightfully established both in the UK and abroad. That these five musicians came together to pay tribute to a fellow musician is of interest in itself, but when that colleague and friend was Elvin Jones, every jazz lover will want to listen to how that tribute sounded.

'Forever Elvin' was recorded in 2006 at The Fleece at Boxford in front of an audience whose enthusiasm helped turn what was likely to be a memorable jazz gig into a scintillating one. The programme that night appropriately included material by John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner together with two distinctive tunes penned by the drummer himself, "EJ's Blues" and "Three Card Molly" - both pieces were performed by Jones' own bands for many years.

The energy and commitment of the band to this project is a fitting tribute to a great musician, and a testament not only to the unique musical legacy left by Elvin Jones, but also a wonderful record of the quality, energy, and strength in depth of these five renowned British musicians.

Personnel: Peter King (alto saxophone), Alan Skidmore (tenor saxophone), Steve Melling (piano), Alec Dankworth (double bass), Martin Drew (drums)


  1. Name
  2. Blues Minor
  3. Peter King introduces the band, Alan Skidmore introduces Peter
  4. Body & Soul
  5. Peter King intro
  6. EJ's Blues
  7. Oriental Folk Song
  8. Peter King intro
  9. Three Card Molly
  10. Alan Skidmore story and intro
  11. After the Rain
  12. Peter King intro
  13. Passion Dance/Peter King concludes
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