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The Great Kai & J.J.

J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding

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Album Review

This lively Impulse! set was the first recorded reunion of trombonists J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding. With pianist Bill Evans, either Paul Chambers or Tommy Williams on bass, and Roy Haynes or Art Taylor on drums, the two trombonists are in melodic and witty form on such tunes as "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," "Blue Monk," "Side by Side," and "Theme from Picnic." Recommended.

Customer Reviews

Wow!!!

I play trombone in Freshman Band and Jazz Ensemble I at my highschool. I thought I was good until I heard these guys. Wow!!! Their tone quality and rythem is just breathtaking. Apparently I've got a long way to go! Wow! Oh, by the way, Georgia On My Mind is the best song!!!

J J and Kai are the best!!!!!

I don't know if you know who these guys are but a friend told me about them after I joined Jazz band and I heard this album and it is just awesome especially Georgia on my mind.

Biography

Born: January 22, 1924 in Indianapolis, IN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Considered by many to be the finest jazz trombonist of all time, J.J. Johnson somehow transferred the innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to his more awkward instrument, playing with such speed and deceptive ease that at one time some listeners assumed he was playing valve (rather than slide) trombone. Johnson toured with the territory bands of Clarence Love and Snookum Russell during 1941-1942, and then spent 1942-1945 with Benny Carter's big band. He made his recording debut with...
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