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ELVIN RAY JONES (September 9, 1927-May 18, 2004)

ELVIN RAY JONES, a renowned jazz drummer and member of John Coltrane's quartet (1960-65) who also played alongside Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, died Tuesday. He was 76. ELVIN died of heart failure in an Englewood, N.J., hospital, said his wife of 38 years, Keiko Jones.

ELVIN contributed to some of the most controversial, influential, and landmark recordings in jazz. Among the triumphant recordings in his 40-plus career include saxophonist John Coltrane's spiritual masterpiece A Love Supreme and Coltrane: Live at the Village Vanguard. In regards to his musical involvement with John Coltrane, ELVIN said this: "If there is anything like perfect harmony in a human relationship, that was as close as you can come. It was one of the happiest
period[s] of my life. The best of all possible situations I could have been in to, [doing] the things that I felt were conducive to my development."

Rest in peace.