The Ultimate (Elvin Jones album)

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The Ultimate
The Ultimate (album).jpg
Studio album by Elvin Jones
Released August 1969[1]
Recorded September 6, 1968
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 36:48
Label Blue Note
BST 84305
Producer Duke Pearson
Elvin Jones chronology
Puttin' It Together
(1968)Puttin' It Together1968
The Ultimate

The Ultimate is an album by American jazz drummer Elvin Jones recorded in 1968 and released on the Blue Note label.[2]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "This is one of Joe Farrell's finest recordings. Switching between tenor, soprano and flute, Farrell had to be good because he was joined in the pianoless trio by bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones... Farrell is in consistently creative form but Garrison's occasional solos and Jones's polyrhythmic accompaniment are also noteworthy".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "In the Truth" (Joe Farrell) - 5:04
  2. "What Is This?" (Jimmy Garrison) - 7:09
  3. "Ascendant" (Garrison) - 5:13
  4. "Yesterdays" (Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern) - 5:39
  5. "Sometimes Joie" (Garrison) - 10:38
  6. "We'll Be Together Again" (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine) - 3:05



  1. ^ Billboard Aug 2, 1969
  2. ^ Elvin Jones discography accessed December 1, 2010
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed December 1, 2010
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 113. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.