Personnel includes: J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding (trombone); Bill Evans, Roy Haynes, Paul Chambers.
Personnel: J.J. Johnson (trombone); Kai Winding (trombone); Bill Evans (piano).
Liner Note Authors: Dick Katz; John S. Wilson ; Mel Parson; Tom Stewart.
Recording information: Englewood Cliffs, NJ (11/02/1960-11/09/1960); NY (11/02/1960-11/09/1960); Englewood Cliffs, NJ (11/17/1960-12/13/1960); NY (11/17/1960-12/13/1960).
This Impulse set (which was given the catalog number of A-1 when it first came out) was the first recorded reunion of trombonists J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding. Given a straight reissue on CD (the original liner notes are reproduced so small as to be largely unreadable), the music still sounds fresh and lively. With pianist Bill Evans, either Paul Chambers or Tommy Williams on bass and Roy Haynes or Art Taylor on drums, the two trombonists are in melodic and witty form on such tunes as "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," "Blue Monk," "Side by Side" and the "Theme from Picnic." Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow