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The Incomparable Percussionist Airto Moreira and Drummer Elvin Jones


For the DVD of Airto and Flora Purim, click here.

Brazilian musician Airto Moreira has been making spirited music professionally since he was 13. Now, more than five decades later, he's at the pinnacle of the craft that made him famous.

Early on, the percussionist made a name for himself in jazz circles, playing with Miles Davis on the jazz legend's historic "Bitches Brew," and staying on with Davis for two more years. Since then, Airto has played with many of the biggest names in the genre and won countless awards and recognition for his percussion talents.

VIEW Video is proud to carry the music of Airto Moreira at Look for "Airto & Flora Purim: The Latin Jazz All-Stars" in our online store. Recorded with longtime musical partner, Flora Purim, with whom Airto has been collaborating for more than 40 years, "Airto & Flora Purim: The Latin Jazz All-Stars" is a joyous celebration of how American jazz and Brazilian rhythm music have influenced each other. It faithfully documents the immense talent of Airto and Flora Purim, as well as the skills of musicians Joe Farrell and Tony Moreno, who also contribute their talents to the DVD.

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Legendary Drummer Elvin Jones

Elvin Jones

For the DVD of Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, click here.

Arguably, almost no drummer has contributed more to percussion than the late Elvin Jones. His career started to take off in 1955 when he began playing with the likes of Teddy Charles, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and others. Later, he joined forces with John Coltrane for heavy recording and played with his brothers, Thad Jones and Hank Jones, celebrated musicians in their own right.

Elvin Jones died in 2004, but his impact on modern percussionists still reverberates throughout the jazz world. "Life" magazine referred to Elvin Jones as "the world's greatest rhythmic drummer," and celebrated rock drummers such as Cream's Ginger Baker and John "Mitch" Mitchell of The Jimi Hendrix Experience credited him with shaping their percussion style.

"Elvin Jones: Jazz Machine" features his working quintet captured live, a band which includes the legendary saxophonist Sonny Fortune, Chip Jackson on bass, Willie Pickens on piano, and John Coltrane's son Ravi on tenor sax.
Get the "Elvin Jones: Jazz Machine" DVD here, and keep your eye on for DVDs of other great drummers and percussionists.

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