John Coltrane (featuring Elvin Jones): One Up, One Down
One Down, One Up
John Coltrane (tenor sax)
One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note (Impulse B0002380-02)
Recorded: Live at the Half Note, New York, March 26, 1965
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
A vital part of any extended Coltrane improvisation (this one is 20+ minutes) is the intense interplay between Trane and Elvin Jones. Elvin revolutionized jazz drumming by accenting alternating upbeats of the ride-cymbal pattern (instead of accenting on beats two and four). He is also known for his Latin-to-swing grooves and his ability to build intensity by gradually adding upbeat accents and complex polyrhythmic snare-drum comping. As Coltrane experiments with various motives throughout this improvisation, notice how Elvin is always listening and reacting to Trane’s statements while building to an intense burn on the ride cymbal.
Reviewer: Eric Novod