The Truth: Heard Live at the Blue Note

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The Truth: Heard Live at the Blue Note
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Live album by Elvin Jones
Released 2004
Recorded September 11 & 12, 1999
Blue Note Jazz Club, Greenwich Village, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 60:54
Label Half Note
HN 4519
Elvin Jones chronology
Momentum Space
(1998)Momentum Space1998
The Truth: Heard Live at the Blue Note

The Truth: Heard Live at the Half Note is a live album by jazz drummer Elvin Jones recorded in 1999 and released on the Half Note label in 2004.


The Allmusic review stated "All of the musicians are in top form and were clearly inspired to be playing with Elvin Jones. Although falling short of being a classic, this set has many bright moments".[1] The All About Jazz review stated "The Truth is one of Jones' last recorded performances, certainly his last as a leader. It is a fitting epitaph to an artist who inspired legions of drummers and, with Coltrane, helped push forward the boundaries of modern music. He is missed"[2] The JazzTimes review stated "Recorded in 1999, when he was at full strength, this was a night for hard blowing at the Blue Note... The Truth preserves one ordinary night in a club among thousands in the career of Elvin Jones, and it is important enough".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Elvin Jones except as indicated

  1. "E.J.'s Blues" - 8:13
  2. "Straight No Chaser" (Thelonious Monk) - 7:35
  3. "Body and Soul" (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green) - 9:53
  4. "Truth" (Keiko Jones) - 7:25
  5. "A Lullaby of Itsugo Village" (Traditional) - 7:40
  6. "Wise One" (John Coltrane) - 12:16
  7. "Three Card Molly" - 7:52



  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed May 1, 2012
  2. ^ Kelman, J. Album Review, All About Jazz, October 13, 2004
  3. ^ Conrad, T. Album Review, JazzTimes, January/February 2005
  4. ^ "The Truth: Heard Live at the Blue Note Allmusic Credits". Retrieved 18 April 2013.