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There's just one Elvin Jones album. That's one of the reasons I've titled the blog "Playing Favorites." I had to choose just one album per leader. This approach also demonstrates the breadth and diversity of music in the decade. 366 days. 366 different choices.
But that proved to be really, really difficult -- so I gave myself a little cheat. I decided that I would allow myself the option of also choosing a second CO-LEADER record. So, for example, I chose one John Abercrombie record as a leader. But then I also chose another LP that Abercrombie co-led with Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette. But, even with this "loophole," the most that any artist appears on the list (as a leader or co-leader) is twice.
There are no limitations on sideman appearances.
That make sense?
I think the second half of the decade was just as fertile and interesting as the first. Just my take, of course.
I find him to be a fine player, often an excellent player. I will never understand the blanket categorization of him as overplaying and lacking subtlety. He was a occasionally a good composer, as we see in "Wheatland," "Hymn to Freedom," and others. This is subtle creative, beautiful stuff. He's just a hackneyed, full-bore player? Have you not listened to "If You Only Knew" or "A Child is Born"?
Sure, his nature was conservative and he did not create great albums like Miles and Coltrane. But how many can do that?
I have long considered Oscar Peterson a jazz great.