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  • Audio CD (September 24, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000046JK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JIMWILLOUGHBY on July 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is Vol. 2 of a 2 part series recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1988. I love live performances. They often add an emotional excitement that compliments the spontaneity and extemporaneous of the art form itself. The bad news is that many time recordings of live sessions suffer appreciable loss of sound quality. The recording quality of this session is quite good. Every player in group is heard properly and in good balance. I love Rufus Reid's playing. Thad Jones once said he like a bass player who plays bass notes, not cello notes. I do too and Rufus Reid is a master. One the opener See See Rider, his playing reminds me of Charlie Mingus. The group treatment of this tune has a sort of Minus-like feel to it also.
I like good swing. I particularly enjoyed the renditions of Just Friends and What is This Thing Called Love. I listened to them over and over. Just Friends, written by John Klenner in 1931, has become a much loved and recorded song by many fine jazz players. The harmonic changes to this tune are fun to play and good for open blowing. JJ takes full advantage.
Ralph Moore has long one of my favorite tenor players. His improvisational skills and strong sense of swing are always a joy to hear and are clearly exemplified on "Friends", "What Is this Thing Called" and the other up tempo standards.
The Intro of What is This Thing Called Love uses the ostinato or vamp made famous by Clifford Brown in his well know recording of this tune. Rocking good piano solo here. As always, this solo and all others are well supported by Reid on bass and Lewis on drums. This rhythm section's got a groove that don't move.
From the Rogers and Hart Songbook, Funny Valentine is outstanding.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By james denson on July 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to see J.J. Johnson live in concert 4 times from 1994-1996. For a long time, I knew something of his impressive work as a sideman, captured on the 1962 Sonny Rollins Blue Note recording which also featured Thelonious Monk. The Standards CD introduced me to J.J's work as a leader. I bought it in 1993 because Stanley Crouch, one of the great jazz writers around, wrote the liner notes which beautifully set the context for this historic Village Vanguard performance. J.J's associates, Ralph Moore, Stanley Cowell, Rufus Reid, and Victor Lewis are in all tremendous form. Johnson is in his own category as far as trombonists are concerned; and in my unabashed opinion, he is the premier trombonist in jazz history. On this CD, his renditions of Misty, My Funny Valentine and Just Friends are strinkingly original. Everything about this CD is excellent, which is best told by how seamlessly the quintet interacts. I could say much more, but there is no need. Suffice it to say that if you want a good introduction to J.J. Johnson's work, and some insight into his towering importance, you cannot go wrong with this CD.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 2000
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If you are familiar with JJ Johnson, you won't be dissappointed with this CD. For thoses of us who cant get enough of JJ 's music (i own at least 75 of his albums/cds ) this recording was a breath of air. In fact this was the first CD i ever purchased . The music ,the setting, the artist are all outstanding, and just when you think it can't get any better, the second live CD came out. This is truly one of JJ's finest works, and since his recording sessions were so scarce thru the 80's and 90's , this is one you will have to have if you need to 'catch up' on JJ's latest works, or if you don't have any of JJ CD's this is a fine place to start
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Ament on May 14, 2008
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this music is any indication. Although this was recorded in 1988, I've only had it since about 1995. I play all my collection randomly and upon hearing it once more, decided I should review it....even though it's "old news". At least the last couple were recorded in the '80's where some of my reviews date from the '60's.

I think that JJ was one of the finest jazz trombonists of all times and he certainly had not lost his chops at age 64, the time of this recording.This effort was by a quintet that seemed a natural for each other. On the opening cut, "See See Rider", the whole group is having a good time. Besides JJ, Ralph Moore is heard on soprano (I thought he was strictly a tenor man) but my attention was drawn to the excellent rhythm section. When I looked at the cd info I should not have been surprised that the bassist, Rufus Reid, and drummer Victor Lewis made up 2/3 of the rhythm of my last review ("Serenity" Stan Getz) proving that when you're that good, you're always in demand. Stanley Cowell is an excellent modern mainstream pianist and the only conclusion why he is not a more familiar name is that he is underrated.

The rest of the set is equally good being eight standards and two JJ originals. All of it is uptempo except the ballads "Misty" and "My Funny Valentine". This is the second recording of this gig, the first being "Quintergy". My personal belief is that this one is much superior probably because the material of "Quintergy" was more diverse in content, displaying many various schools of jazz.

If you enjoy live jazz, jazz quintets, any of these great musicians in particular or any combination thereof, you'll enjoy having this one!
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