Due to the high praise of Bill Frissell by many people, including a couple on this very forum, I've recently been getting into Bill Frissell. The first album I picked up was Gone, Just Like A Train. I really dug this, so I went ahead and got Good Dog, Happy Man. Not quite as strong as the first, but still a pleasant listen. Then I got Nashville. This is real fun listen, though I usually skip the tracks with vocals. The other day in the record, I see a Frissell album with Elvin Jones and Dave Holland. Without hesitation, I ran to the check-out counter with this baby. Elvin Jones- as the drummer for the colossal John Coltrane Quartet, this man's credentials speak for themselves. He is one of my favorite drummers ever, and sadly underrated. Dave Holland- I've gushed about his recent work extensively. His bass playing is tasteful, phrased perfectly, and highly skilled. So, it's easy to see how picking this one up would be no-brainer. However, I must say I am quite dissappointed. Of course, anyone's entitled to release bad albums here and there, but I find it odd that it was done with these two talents. Maybe I need to listen to this one again, I dunno. The thing that bugs me most is that Elvin Jones isn't on the album. Oh sure, he's playing drums, but he isn't doing anything beyond hitting the beats. Why not just get any ol' drummer for this? Why get Elvin Jones if you're not going to have him play like Elvin Jones? While there is, of course, good guitar playing and some excellent ideas, it often seems that the guitar playing goes nowhere and the ideas don't get fully realised. It kind of reminds me of a Phish album *shudder* I'm going to listen once more before I decide whether or not to keep it. What do you guys think? Am I just nuts?