Kai Winding, Carl Fontana, Wayne André (tb), Dick Lieb (b-tb, bar-horn), Roy Frazee (p), Kenny O'Brien (b), Jack Franklin, Tom Montgomery (d)
Contains Kai Windings complete Trombone Panorama sessions, including three tracks that were not included on the album. This is the first time that any of this material is issued on CD and the first time that it is all compiled on just one release. Kai Winding is one of the most versatile, entertaining, and musically gifted jazzmen of this generation.
He orchestrates for four trombones and rhythm the Kai Winding Septet and suggests the fullness of big band ensemble without being an imitation of it. He plays superbly articulate trombone, with almost faultless intonation and phrasing, yet it comes out according to mood, robust, refined, or in choruses lovely of definition, casually cool of deliver.
01. TROMBONE PANORAMA [Suite] (16:39)
- LASSUS TROMBONE
- MUSKRAT RAMBLE
- I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES
- SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK
- IM GETTING SENTIMENTAL OVER YOU
- KAYES MELODY
- MOONLIGHT SERENADE
- ITS ALRIGHT WITH ME
02. THE PARTYS OVER (3:33)
03. THE PREACHER (3:21)
04. COME RAIN OR COME SHINE (3:25)
05. WHEN THE RED, RED ROBIN COMES BOB, BOB, BOBBIN ALONG (3:09)
06. I CANT GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE (3:11)
07. FRANKIE AND JOHNNY (6:59)
08. WHO, ME? (3:19)
09. YES, YOU (3:29)
10. SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME (3:11)
Total time: 50:16 min.
Produced by George Avakian, this set was originally issued in LP format as Columbia CL 999.
Personnel: Kai Winding (tb), Carl Fontana, Wayne Andre (tb), Dick Lieb (b-tb, arr), Roy Frazee (p), Kenny O'Brien (b), Jack Franklin or Tom Montgomery (d). O.B. Masingill and Dave Herfort (arr). Recorded in New York City, between December 1956 & February 1957.
"Trombone Panorama was the first of several albums Kai Winding was to cut during the mid-'50s and early 1960s where he was joined by a shifting cast of fellow trombone players. Here he is joined by Wayne Andre, Carl Fontana, and Dick Lieb plus rhythm. The flowing seamless technique employed by these top slide-instrument artists resulted in a graceful, mellifluous sound that gave these recordings a chamber jazz feel. [...] Winding was a leader in adaptation of the trombone to bop, while still keeping one leg firmly in the swing era. This album does nothing whatsoever to tarnish his reputation in that regard."
Dave Nathan -All Music Guide
"An enjoyable, often amusing, sometimes instructive LP; recommended particularly to recently converted jazz collectors."
Leonard Feather -Down Beat (1957)