“.., a drummer can make or break a rhythm section in two seconds if he allows his ego to get the upper hand—it’s very easy, no problem at all. In one stroke, you might say, he can absolutely destroy the continuity.
“It is the duty of the drummer, I think, to take a rhythm section for what it is and not something he imagines it to be—it’s easy to destroy the simplicity of it. Rhythm is a very fundamental part of any kind of music, no matter how complex or simple it is. I think it is very simple, but then that can be a problem because it is so simple. We have to put a direction to the creative qualities we have. In a way it might seem simple, but it can be very demanding to suppress at some point the desire to go off on a tangent.”
Elvin Jones, Downbeat Magazine, 1977.