The Jazz Show Episode August 24, 2009

Broadcast on 24-Aug-2009

9:00pm - 12:00am

This is one of the great trombonist's most personal recordings. J.J. Johnson is one of the true pioneers of Modern Jazz as his concept on the trombone was the standard that all modern trombonists are measured. He is to the trombone what Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker are to their instruments. Johnson was an important composer and arranger as well and a very consistent player. He had made quartet recordings in the 50's with himself as the sole horn but this date, done in 1964 with his working group is deeper and more fully developed. Johnson's band consists of Harold Mabern on piano, Arthur Harper on bass and a fine sensitive drummer from Detroit named Frank Gant. Johnson mixes things up with standards and some Jazz specialties like Miles Davis' "Neo". Max Roach's composition "Blues Waltz" (some say it was written by Ray Charles) is given a definitive treatment and Johnson's own "Minor Blues" is a powerful statement. This is a recording that I would introduce anyone to the magnificent style of the modern master of the trombone........J.J. Johnson.

Track Listing:

J.J.Johnson · The Eminent J.J.
J.J.Johnson · J.J. Inc.
El Camino Real
J.J.Johnson · J.J.!
Lullaby of Jazzland
J.J.Johnson · Proof Positive
Indian Song
Wayne Shorter · Etcetera
Stellar Regions
John Coltrane · Stellar Regions
Jimmy's Mode
Sun Star
Gary Bartz · Home!
George Russell · Unissued Concerts
The Outer View
J.J. Johnson · Proof Positive
Stella By Starlight
Minor Blues
My Funny Valentine
Blues Waltz