Different Drummer: Elvin Jones (1979)


DIFFERENT DRUMMER is a short documentary directed by Edward Gray about Jazz great Elvin Jones. In it he talks about his early days with John Coltrane (with whom he’s seen performing in a ’60s film clip) and pianist Bud Powell. He also performs drum solos and an original piece, “Three Card Molly,” with Ryo Kawasaki (guitar), Pat LaBarbera (sax) and David Williams (bass).

Director: Edward Gray.
Stars: John Coltrane, Elvin Jones, Ryo Kawasaki, Pat Labarbera, David Williams.
Cinematographers: Don Lenzer, John Lindley, Fred Murphy, Mark Obenhaus, Richard Pearce, Nancy Schreiber.

1979 Chicago International Film Festival – Nominated for the Gold Hugo for Best Documentary.


MP4 | 520 MB | 856×480 | 29.970 FPS | 2351 kb/s | AAC 192 kb/s
Language: English | Subtitles: None

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Many thanks to Ed Gray for making this copy available, I fixed the aspect ratio and deinterlaced it with Handbrake, quality is a bit better than the copies on Youtube although not by a lot. Enjoy!

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One Comment

  1. Shawn Clarke
    February 28, 2024

    Great moments of insight from one of the best drummers of all time.

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