Kai Winding, Carl Fontana, Wayne André (tb), Dick Lieb (b-tb,bar-horn), Roy Frazee (p), Kenny O'Brien (b), Tom Montgomery (d)
Of all the legendary trombone innovators, no one deserves more recognition for the development of the instrument than the great Kai Winding and Carl Fontana. Peerless soloists, band leaders, section players, arrangers and composers, the two trombonists' legendary collaboration began in August 1956, when Winding decided to form a septet consisting of four trombones and a rhythm section.
The band's most impressive recording consists of an excellent June, 1957 live performance in Cleveland, Ohio. The minimal amount of background noise and ample applause is a testament to the high musical quality and audience chemistry. Winding expertly weaves moods, tempos, and textures on an array of show tunes, movie songs, classic jazz and several originals that showcase his superb arrangements and virtuoso group of musicians.
01. Blue Lou (7:12)
02. The Party's over (4:25)
03. The Preacher (6:47)
04. Surrey with the Fringe on Top (3:33)
05. Jive at Five (4:34)
06. The Blues (7:19)
07. Whistle while You Work (3:07)
08. You don't Know What Love is (5:10)
09. Mole Hill (4:51)
10. There'll Never be another You (6:43)
11. Jim and Andy's (8:04)
12. In a Sentimental Mood (5:14)
13. I Want to Be Happy (7:36)
Total time: 74:42 min.
"This 1957 concert in Cleveland seems to be Winding's earliest date with four trombones in a generally well-recorded nightclub date that has a bare minimum of clinking dishes and audience conversations. The rich harmonies are a delight as Winding blends with trombonists Carl Fontana, Wayne André and Dick Lieb."
Ken Dryden -All Music Guide