J.J. Johnson

Blue Trombone

American Jazz Classics

Personnel:
J.J. Johnson (tb), Hank Mobley (ts), Tommy Flanagan, Horace Silver (p), Paul Chambers (b), Max Roach, Kenny Clarke (d)

Reference: 99002

Bar code: 8436006493102

This release contains the complete long unavailable LP 'Blue Trombone', which was J.J. Johnson's 2nd complete album in a quartet format. The sessions, with master accompaniment by Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers and Max Roach, went so well that material for two albums was gathered (the other album, First Place, is reissued on the companion volume AJC 99003).

As a bonus, two quartet tracks taken from Johnson's previous quintet sessions, as well as five quintet tracks that complete all of the master takes from the latter of those sessions.


Tracklisting:

01. Hello Young Lovers
02. Kev
03. What's New
04. Blue Trombone
05. Gone With The Wind
06. 100 Proof
07. Our Love Is Here To Stay (*) Bonus Track
08. Portrait Of Jenny (*) Bonus Track
09. Pennies From Heaven (*) Bonus Track
10. Viscosity (*) Bonus Track
11. You're Mine, You (*) Bonus Track
12. "Daylie" Double (*) Bonus Track
13. Groovin' (*) Bonus Track

Total Time: 68:48 min.


Originally issued as Columbia CL 1303.



Personnel on #1-6:

J.J. Johnson (tb), Tommy Flanagan (p), Paul Chambers (b) and Max Roach (d).
Recorded in New York, April 26 & May 3, 1957.


Personnel on #7:

J.J. Johnson (tb), Tommy Flanagan (p), Wilbur Little (b) and Elvin Jones (d).
Recorded in New York, on January 29, 1957.


Personnel on #8:

J.J. Johnson (tb), Horace Silver (p), Paul Chambers (b) and Kenny Clarke (d).
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, on June 6, 1955.


Personnel on #9-13:

Same date and personnel as above, except Hank Mobley (ts) added.


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Notes:

"This is the latest work of Down Beat Critics Poll winner Johnson, and it fully displays his well-rounded musicianship. Here is ample showcasing on his playing technique, his arranging, and his composing talent."

George Hoefer -Down Beat


"This is an excellent quartet LP (not yet reissued on CD) that really showcases great trombonist J.J. Johnson. Accompanied by pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Max Roach, Johnson alternates standards such as "Hello, Young Lovers" and "Gone with the Wind" with originals, including the two part "Blue Trombone," and shows listeners why he is still considered one of the greatest jazz trombonists of all time."

Scott Yanow -All Music Guide

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