The Main Force

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The Main Force
The Main Force.jpg
Studio album by Elvin Jones
Released 1976
Recorded 1976
New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 42:38
Label Vanguard
VSD 79372
Producer Ed Bland
Elvin Jones chronology
New Agenda
(1975)New Agenda1975
The Main Force
Summit Meeting
(1976)Summit Meeting1976

The Main Force is a jazz album by drummer Elvin Jones recorded in 1976 and released on the Vanguard label.[1]


The Allmusic review awarded the album 2½ stars stating "This inconsistent 1976 release from the mighty Elvin Jones is most successful when it draws on the high-energy, advanced hard bop style of the drummer's post-Coltrane period. It's a different story when it comes to the date's superfluous accommodations to fusion".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Salty Iron" (Ryo Kawasaki) - 5:19
  2. "Sweet Mama" (Gene Perla) - 6:25
  3. "Mini Modes" (David Williams) - 10:35
  4. "Philomene" (Ed Bland) - 4:37
  5. "Song of Rejoicing After Returning from a Hunt" (Traditional arranged by Gene Perla) - 15:42



  1. ^ Elvin Jones discography accessed April 26, 2012
  2. ^ a b Todd, J. Allmusic Review accessed April 26, 2012
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 113. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.