A friend recently gave me the album The Ultimate by Elvin Jones, featuring Joe Farrell and Jimmy Garrison.  All three shine in their solo spots and sound cohesive when improvising as a unit.  Jimmy Garrison’s rhythmic sense and sympathetic ear make him a sublime accompanist; he serves the group before his own ego.  Yet it’s this same sublimation that leads to his being overlooked as a great bassist.  It’s nice to hear Jimmy given more space as a composer and soloist on this record.  Here’s one of his tunes:



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