Still trying to get my head around this one. Elvin Jones as a hippie-slaying gunslinger. About as weird as Sonny Liston's cameo in Head, except way more cool. Never heard of the film before, but now that I run a search on it I find that it was written by members of the Firesign Theatre, and that they tried (but failed) to get Ginger Baker to be a part of it. Which means that there could've been a interesting high-noon showdown in the works, had all gone as originally planned.
There were a number of tunes on those Coltrane Impulse jawns where Jones's work propelled the thing -- deftly nudged it forward, or upward -- like nobody's biz...
And of course there was "Alabama," which was penned in response to the Birmingham church bombing; where Coltrane blows a stoical and circumspect blues, and there's a big hole (as in a harrowing, volumes-speaking pause) in the middle of the thing, with Jones and Tyner and Garrison brewing up a deeply impressionistic backing that evokes storm clouds amassing on the horizon -- clouds stacking up to ominous height, their bellies swelling and darkening and flickering with the promise of lightning.
I seem to recall a track or two (on the live, in-the-club releases) that I couldn't believe Impulse chose to include -- where things just weren't falling together for the band on that particular song on that particular night, and Jones was the only one holding things together throughout.
All of which reminds me that there's a big part of my record collection that's been parked and collecting dust for a few years now, and which I'm overdue for revisiting.