Recorded in August of 1985 at a Tokyo club and released only in Japan, Live At Pit Inn documents a typical Elvin Jones live set. The nearly-an-hour long set consists of 2 compositions by Jones, 2 Japanese-folk-song-influenced compositions by Jones' wife, Keiko Jones, and a standard played as a ballad. But with Jones, it doesn't matter what the band plays, for the compositions merely serve as springboards for improvisations by the band's members, with Jones' always powerful polyrhythms setting the pace. This version of the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine features the twin tenor saxophones of Pat LaBarbera and Sonny Fortune, who is the more "abstract' player of the two. Live at Pit Inn is not an essential recording but a welcome addtion to the extensive Jones discography.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Turner