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Album Review

The interplay between vibraphonist Milt Jackson and trombonist J.J. Johnson is the main reason to acquire this set. With fine backup from pianist Tom Ranier, guitarist John Collins, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Roy McCurdy, Jackson and Johnson are in top form on a variety of bop standards, including Johnson's "Lament," "Our Delight," "Bags Groove" and "My One and Only Love." Enthusiastic, consistently swinging music from some of the best.

Customer Reviews

Some Sweet Swingin'

You have to love an album like this. It shows the old pros showing that they are always learning, and gives the young guns a chance to shine. The highlight for me is Our Delight. Jackson and Johnson pull you in with each chorus they take in their solos, spinning great classics. The piano solo rocks, too! The music sounds fresh, even though the album is 25 years old and the leaders were all around 60 when they recorded. Hats off as always to Ray Brown for providing that solid, swingin' bass.


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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