A Moment of Unclarity

I know Elvin Jones had been ill for a long time, and his passing should be no surprise, but I'm hurting. For weeks now, I have been in a prolonged awestruck state listening to his drumming, specifically on "India" from Coltrane's Live at the Village Vanguard. Something about it has gotten under my skin.

Listen -- he plays the riff differently each time. I try counting and can't always pinpoint where it begins or ends. It lulls me into some other place. And then of course, Coltrane (and Dolphy, yes?) bust a gut. But instead of spiking and plummeting, it's as if they are skating in circles around Elvin.

I don't know how I'll ever get there, but someday I hope to make music that feels like that.


Anonymous said...

hi there...this afternoon on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross there will be an interview all about Elvin Jones..just thought you might want to listen. just a fan from ohio who found your cd used and I took a listen...wow, great stuff, voice lyrics.
Christina from Ohio :)

Erica said...

Thanks, Christina! WKCR had been running Elvin stuff pretty continuously -- they might still be doing so.

I'm glad you're enjoying the CD!

Anonymous said...

Also I hope you did not find it insulting that I found your cd "used." I guess it's always a good thing your music is out there even if only paid for once..I also found that you are available thru cdbaby so that is a good thing...and I found another album of yours...well take care.

Erica said...

No, I'm not offended at all. I'm a big fan of musical recycling!