ARTIST: The Great
Hank Jones - piano
Richard Davis- bass
Elvin Jones - drums
May 12 and 13, 2002 at Avatar Studios, NYC
Except "Memories of You" recorded at Sony Music Studios Tokyo on February 5, 2004
Produced by Yasohachi “88” Itoh
On May 12 and 13, 2002, Elvin Jones recorded his last album with his older brother Hank, along with bassist Richard Davis, as The Great Jazz Trio at Avatar Studios in New York in what later became known as the Avatar sessions. The sessions resulted in three albums worth of material. The first album, Autumn Leaves, is available from 441 Records. The second, Someday My Prince Will Come, was released by Sony Columbia. Collaboration is the third album, which contains a couple alternate takes of songs from the first two albums and a bonus track, appropriately titled "Memories of You"; recorded on February 5, 2004. Elvin Jones, one of the most influential drummers in modern day music, passed away on May 18, 2004.
Hank wrote "Elvin, my brother" as liner notes for the album. Here's an excerpt:
"They say, 'The Good Die Young.' I Agree. Thad and Elvin did. They dedicated their lives to what they loved and believed in, even if that meant shortening their lives. As a family member, I sometimes wonder if we could have done less and stayed together as a family longer. On the other hand, I
wholeheartedly respect Elvin's desire to live out his life (playing). Today's music world would not exist without him. The fact that he was a great drummer who influenced all those who came after him will forever remain in records and people's memories."
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