Jay & Kai 
- Released: March 24, 2008
- Label: Jazz Beat Records
- 1.You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
- 3.Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
- 4.The Song Is You
- 5.In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
- 6.Yes, You
- 7.Tromboniums In Motion
- 8.How High The Moon
- 9.Violets For Your Furs
- 10.Too Close For Comfort
- 11.'S Wonderful
- 12.I Should Care
- 13.Lover Come Back To Me
- 14.True Blue Tromboniums
- 16.You're Crying
- 17.Funk Junction
Personnel: Kai Winding (trombone); Jay Jay Johnson (trombone).
Liner Note Authors: Charles Edward Smith; Mel Parson.
Recording information: New York (01/29/1957); Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island (01/29/1957); New York (02/25/1955); Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island (02/25/1955); New York (07/06/1956); Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island (07/06/1956); New York (07/18/1956); Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island (07/18/1956); New York (11/17/1955); Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island (11/17/1955); New York (12/07/1954); Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island (12/07/1954); New York (12/19/1956-12/21/1956); Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island (12/19/1956-12/21/1956).
Recorded in a single session, this edition of the J.J. Johnson/Kai Winding group -- otherwise known as the Jay and Kai Quintet -- was caught on a rare 10" Columbia LP, eventually finding its way into a Mosaic boxed set. In general, Johnson's trombone is heavier in texture and more commanding than the lighter-colored tone of Winding, though the issue is sometimes minimized when one or both use mutes. The capable rhythm section features Dick Katz on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, and Shadow Wilson on drums, with the mildly Latin "Caribe" adding the congas and bongos of Candido Camero. "The Song Is You" is the most energetic cut, taking off at a fast bop clip with Johnson taking more imaginative flights in his solo. But the only real surprise on this record is the tick-tock opening and closing with chimes that lend a special ambience to -- of course -- "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning." Not a classic jazz set, but comfortable enough for the fans of the duo. ~ Richard Ginell
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