Jimmy Garrison After Coltrane

Lester Perkins of Jazz On The Tube pointed out that today is Jimmy Garrison’s birthday. Garrison,Jimmy Garrison who died in 1976, would have been 79. Perkins alerted his subscribers to a 1968 video from Danish television of the bassist featured with Elvin Jones’s trio on Garrison’s composition “Sweet Little Maia.” Joe Farrell was the soprano saxophonist. Jones and Garrison had been members of John Coltrane’s quartet. When this was televised, Coltrane had been dead less than a year. Farrell was attracting increasing attention as one of his most accomplished successors.

Garrison’s 42-year-old son Matthew is also a respected bassist. He was a member of Jack DeJohnette’s band at the recent Portland Jazz Festival. For the Rifftides review of the concert, click here.

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  1. Rob D says

    Wow, I am not that familiar with Joe Farrell’s overall work in jazz..He sounds terrific here with the esteemed members of Coltrane’s band! Dig the tune. Thanks for posting. Obviously, I need to hear more from Mr.Farrell.

    I’ve loved Elvin since I heard my first Coltrane record. My buddy was an audiophile and when he set up his new system in the attic of his house, a few friends gathered with our best vinyl. I had “Crescent” with me. First time I heard Coltrane. First time my rock drummer friend heard Elvin. We were all transported to another world for the duration of that recording.

    It’s hard to re-discover that kind of feeling when listening to music but I’m trying…lol.. music like this makes it easier. Thanks, Doug.