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The Trombone Master
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
What a great album! This one is definitely worth buying. Even having seen swinging live performances by trombone legends like Slide Hampton and Steve Turre, I still rarely feel in the mood for listening to jazz trombone. More often you'll find the likes of Chick Corea, Bill Evans, or Stan Getz playing at my place. Somehow, though, I always love listening to J.J. This album is unbeatable for a great sampling of J.J.'s playing--every track is a gem, especially "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "Laura". Check out "Blue Trombone" for nine straight minutes of J.J. playing licks left and right, easily swinging through chorus after chorus of blues. J.J.'s ridiculously clean and fast playing are just unbelievable--at times it almost seems like he must be playing valve trombone! His articulation and attack are indisputably right on the mark. If you haven't heard much jazz trombone, this is a great introduction. For only $11.97 it's not a bad price at all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format: Audio CD
The first four tracks are from "J. J. in Person," a killer on-location session on Columbia with unequaled support by Nat Adderley and Tommy Flanagan. "Laura," in particular, showcases J. J. at his representative best--the tone, the note choices, the phrasing, the perfection of the man in all that he did. Blessed with ample technique, J. J. like Miles Davis showed how to harness that facility toward thoughtful, musical ends: there's a purpose behind every note. There are plentiful examples of J. J. alone with rhythm section, or in the company of players like Winding, Getz, and Rollins, but none, that I'm aware of, with John Coltrane. If J. J. had been the trombonist on "Blue Trane," that session might have been another "Kind of Blue."
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Trombone is not my favorite jazz instrument, but once in a while it is nice to have a different-sounding lead instrument to provide variety to all the great recordings of saxophonists, pianists and guitarists. J.J. Johnson's career ran from just after World War II to the late 1980's, with the usual ups and downs and changes of direction common to jazz artists in those decades. When I first grew into jazz in the late '50's and early '60's, he was quite active, especially with Kai Winding. This collection lacks Kai, but it offers eight full-length tracks and a brief closing from four Johnson LP's issued between 1957-1961. He is helped by Nat Adderly on cornet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, Max Roach on drums, and assorted other band-mates. The CD gives us his versions of six pop music classics, one of Thelonious Monk's best compositions, and Duke Ellington's famous "Satin Doll." For about 46 minutes the trombone master will gently swing you along the highway or please you in the living room. I can't imagine any fan of classic jazz regretting this purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2014
Format: Audio CD
What an awesome collection of J.J. Johnson recordings. My only complaint is that the CD comes with ZERO liner notes. Not a single word to tell you the other musicians are on each track, and when it was recorded. There is a website address, but that's it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2012
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
This selection of Columbia recordings is from 1958-1960. Mr Johnson was THE trombonist of the time and plays to such a consistently high standard that it would be impossible to pick out highlights in his playing. The first four tracks are from the album `J.J. In Person' and they benefit from the presence of Nat Adderley (cornet) whose exciting solo on the opening number always turns heads. Next two selections are from `Blue Trombone' and the track bearing that name is a 9-minute classic with terrific support from Tommy Flanagan (piano), Paul Chambers (double bass) and Max Roach (drums). The remaining tracks seem less remarkable but still worthwhile. Young listeners who are not familiar with J.J. would find this CD a good introduction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The 1st few tracks are live in a studio it seems. But as well as great trombone - like all the sidemen are very special and sound that way too. Nat Adderley, Tommy Flanagan shines thru here and there with terrific lines and accompaniment, Max Roach has a burning solo, also Victor Feldman and others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
J.J. Johnson at his greatests, I had never had the opportunity of listening to his music and enjoyed the variopus trombone solos, Great musicians on a wonderful music seesion. Good variety of music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
JJ Johnson is classic jazz at its best. His artistry on the trombone is unmatched unless when he is playing with Kai Winding an equal master of the trombone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2009
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Excellent music by one of the greatest, if not the greatest, trombonist ever. My favorite track would by "My Old Flame". A definite buy for any jazz fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2014
Format: VinylVerified Purchase
Kool as ice, 4 unbelievable sides of delicious full bodied sonic blast. Power, strength and truth form the best at his best. She wow!
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