J.J. Johnson Trombone For Two
- Released: November 20, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Mosaic Select
- 1.Whiffenpoof Song
- 2.Give Me the Simple Life
- 3.Close as Pages in a Book
- 5.Trombone for Two
- 6.It's Sand, Man
- 7.Wee Too
- 8.Let's Get Away from It All
- 10.This Can't Be Love
- 11.You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To [*]
- 12.Caribé [*]
- 13.Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe
- 14.Song Is You [*]
- 15.In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning [*]
- 16.Trombonims in Motion [*]
- 17.How High the Moon [*]
- 18.Violets for Your Furs [*]
- 19.Too Close for Comfort [*]
- 20.'S Wonderful [*]
Personnel: J.J. Johnson (trombone); Kai Winding (trombone); Dick Katz (piano, celesta); Kenny Clarke, Osie Johnson, Shadow Wilson (drums); Candido Camero (bongos).
Liner Note Authors: George Avakian; Michael Cuscuna.
Recording information: Columbia 30th Street Studio (06/23/1955-07/18/1956).
Arrangers: Kai Winding; J.J. Johnson .
The J.J. Johnson-Kai Winding quintet became one of the more unlikely successes of the mid-'50s, recording nine albums during their two years of steady collaborations. Their first Columbia LP (there would be five) has such likable songs as "Give Me the Simple Life," "Trombone for Two," "It's Sand Man," "Let's Get Away from It All" and "This Can't Be Love." With pianist Dick Katz, bassist Paul Chambers (who would soon join Miles Davis) and drummer Osie Johnson, the focus is almost entirely on the competitive but complementary trombonists. The results are bop-based but full of surprises, tasteful but not always predictable. All of this group's albums deserve to be reissued in coherent fashion on CD; this one will be hard to find. ~ Scott Yanow
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