Tommy Flanagan Trio "Overseas" aka "Elvin Plays Amazing Brushes"
I didn't get hip to this album until this year when it was recommended by Jon McCaslin at FOUR ON THE FLOOR, and it has been a joy getting acquainted with it. It is too easy to form a one-dimensional picture of Elvin Jones. The irresistible force of his playing in the classic Coltrane quartet overshadows the many other sides of his playing. Not that I have anything but the deepest love for that group, but it is good to hear Elvin playing in other contexts, in this case a straight-ahead piano trio featuring the great Detroit pianist Tommy Flanagan. Elvin was a master musician, capable of adapting to fit any context in the enormous range of jazz music.
The big highlight of this album for me is getting to hear Elvin's nasty brush playing. In my experience Elvin is a really underrated brush player, despite the fact that his deep, rolling, triplety vocabulary works equally well with sticks or brushes. Just listen to the track at the top ("Beats Up") for proof!