Music: One-Man Band

To survive in the jungle of jazz, a performer must be different. Not many years ago, a jazzman could accomplish this by simply playing faster or higher or crazier than the rest, or by having a "dirty" style

—"He can't play very good," fans would quip, "but he has a lousy tone." In today's overcrowded jungle, one young musician is beginning to emerge because he is lousy with versatility.

At Manhattan's Basin Street last week, Don Elliott was so versatile that he sometimes seemed like a case of musical split personality. When he played It Might as Well Be Spring, he played the...

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