It Don't Mean a Thing (album)

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It Don't Mean a Thing
It Don't Mean a Thing (album).jpg
Studio album by Elvin Jones
Released 1993
Recorded October 18 & 19, 1993
Brooklyn, New York
Genre Jazz
Length 57:29
Label Enja
ENJ 8066-1
Producer Matthias Winckelmann
Elvin Jones chronology
Tribute to John Coltrane "A Love Supreme"
(1992)Tribute to John Coltrane "A Love Supreme"1992
It Don't Mean a Thing
Momentum Space
(1998)Momentum Space1998

It Don't Mean a Thing is an album by jazz drummer Elvin Jones recorded in 1993 and released on the Enja label.[1]


The Allmusic review called the album "one of the most well-rounded sets he has ever led. The lineup of musicians is very impressive... And as for the drummer, there is still no one around who has captured the sound and spirit of Elvin Jones".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Keiko Jones except as indicated

  1. "Green Chimneys" (Thelonious Monk) - 6:58
  2. "A Lullaby of Itsugo Village" (Traditional arranged Keiko Jones) - 6:04
  3. "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) - 5:39
  4. "Lush Life" (Billy Strayhorn) - 6:41
  5. "Zenzo's Spirit" - 6:54
  6. "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing/Ask Me Now" (Strayhorn/Monk) - 9:06
  7. "Bopsy" (Kevin Mahogany) - 4:18
  8. "Fatima's Waltz" - 6:26
  9. "A Change Is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke) - 5:23



  1. ^ Elvin Jones discography accessed April 30, 2012
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed April 30, 2012