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Chico Hamilton
John Densmore's jazz education
John Densmore's jazz education

THE GREAT jazz drummer Elvin Jones carried on a constant musical conversation with John Coltrane. It inspired me to have that kind of dialogue with Jim Morrison. Not that I was in Elvin's league, but his courage gave me the "huevos" to stop the steady rhythm on the Doors' "When the Music's Over," and just jab at my kit during Jim's rap about "What have they done to the Earth, what have they done to our fair sister, rip her and bit her, stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn, and dragged her down." As a teenager, I saw Elvin play many times at these "sacred gin joints" (jazz clubs) in Los Angeles. I was too young to make...

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