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Comp. 60's Big Band Recordings [Import]

J.J. Johnson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 25, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Lonehill Jazz Spain
  • ASIN: B000RQM9V0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8. Winter's Waif
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10. Agua De Beber
11. Pense A Moi
12. How Insensitive
13. I'm All Smiles
14. G'won Train
15. Feeling Good
16. Seventh Son
17. In The Name Of Love
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19. 008
20. Billy Boy
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Editorial Reviews

2007 two CD set that contains the complete discography of J.J. Johnson's 1960s Big Band recordings as a leader. These 13 different studio sessions were originally released across four separate albums (all featured here in their entirety): Dynamic Sound Of J.J. Johnson (1964), Goodies, Broadway Express (both 1965) and The Total J.J. Johnson. Featuring musical assistance from Art Farmer, Thad Jones, Clark Terry, Oliver Nelson, Hank Jones, Kenny Burrell and others. 42 tracks total. Lonehill.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A little less complete might have been better... April 10, 2008
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J.J.Johnson, himself, always sounds great. But this compilation of four albums would have been dramatically better if it had only included the first ("Dynamic Sound...") and last ("Total..."). The cuts from those two albums are well worth the cost of the set; hearing JJ play with a big band that includes Thad Jones, Clark Terry, Oliver Nelson, etc., is spectacular. Unfortunately, the orchestral arrangements (and the orchestra itself) for "Broadway Express" are almost painful. The horribly dated arrangements on "Goodies" are even worse (it's like a combination of elevator music and the Swingle Singers, with an overlay of JJ's nice trombone sound). If the albums had been combined differently, you could just dump one of the CDs -- But it's one good, and one dreadful, album on each disc. So as long as you're planning to rip the good tracks to an MP3 player or a single CD, you'd be good to go. Otherwise be ready for some serious track skipping.
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