Recorded by T.S. MONK on CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Blue Note: CDP7 89050 2 / Recorded February 8-10 & 13, 1993
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This version of the J.J. Johnson classic maintains many of the essential qualities of the original version while adding some new backgrounds and other twists (J.J.'s solo from the original recording is orchestrated for the ensemble).
SOLOS: The solos are over good representative bebop changes full of II-Vs.
J.J. JOHNSON (b. 1924). J.J. is to trombone what Dizzy is to trumpet and Bird is to alto sax. One of the all-time greats and an influence on generations of trombonists, J.J. was accused of playing valve trombone because of his enormous facility and clarity. J.J. has worked with many of jazz's fellow all-stars, including Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Bud Powell and Miles Davis. His recordings with Kai Winding are well-known. With compositional gifts equal to those as a performer, J.J. has written standards like Kelo, Lament and Enigma (recorded by Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Milt Jackson, and others) as well as works for big band and full orchestra. In the '70s he wrote film and TV scores, including "Cleopatra Jones," "Barefoot In The Park," "The Mod Squad," and orchestrations for "Shaft." A member of Downbeat's Hall of Fame, J.J. shows no signs of slowing down, and continues to write, record (most recently a big band date on Verve) and tour.
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