One 4 J
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One 4 J
The late, great trombonist J.J. Johnson transplanted Charlie Parker's bop language to his instrument, and in the process became one of the most gifted composers in jazz. And Steve Turre, whose résumé includes work with Rahsaan Roland Kirk and the Saturday Night Live Band, is one of Johnsons most devoted disciples. This CD spotlights Johnson's compositions, and it includes an all-star cadre of trombonists, featuring Joe Alessi, Robin Eubanks, Steve Davis, Douglas Purviance, and Andre Hayward. Turre and his bone brothers illuminate Johnson's best-known works, including the beautifully textured "El Camino Real" and the wistful "Enigma," a heartfelt duet with Turre and Johnson's pianist Renee Rosnes. The leader's title track rings with Johnson's ebullient swing and fluid improvisations. --Eugene Holley Jr.
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It was necessary to turn the volume down twice in order to get any connection with what were brilliant, yes brilliant, ideas and incredible technique; unfortunately, I had a hard time keeping the CD playing because of the constant bombarding of my senses with those great ideas, that amazing technique, and Turre's absolute lack of taste.
I did stick it out to the bitter end, hoping to find some semblance of musical content. I think Turre would have made an excellent drummer.