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J.J. Johnson - The Trombone Master [Recorded 1957-1960] (1989)

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J.J. Johnson - The Trombone Master [Recorded 1957-1960] (1989)

J.J. Johnson - The Trombone Master [Recorded 1957-1960] (1989)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 288 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 114 MB | Covers (4 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Columbia (CK 44443)

Although released in the usually consistent Columbia Jazz Masterpieces series, this recording is a mere sampler of trombonist J.J. Johnson's 1957-60 recordings. The nine selections are drawn from four albums and, although there are some fine moments (most notably on "Misterioso," "Blue Trombone" and "What Is This Thing Called Love").

VA - Esquire's All-American Hot Jazz Sessions (1988) [Re-Up]

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VA - Esquire's All-American Hot Jazz Sessions (1988) [Re-Up]

VA - Esquire's All-American Hot Jazz Sessions (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Classic Jazz, Swing | Label: Bluebird/RCA/BMG | # 6757-2-RB | Time: 01:07:07

This exciting CD has 20 diverse performances that were originally produced by Leonard Feather for the Victor label during 1946-47. The first eight selections feature various versions of Esquire's All-American Award Winners and have some unique combinations of musicians. "Long Long Journey" was the first record to match together Duke Ellington (who verbally introduces the song) and Louis Armstrong, and on "Snafu" Armstrong takes a surprisingly modern solo that hints at bebop. Trumpeter Charlie Shavers creates a remarkable improvisation on "The One That Got Away," ltoist Johnny Hodges plays beautifully on "Gone with the Wind" and other key players include tenor saxophonist Don Byas, trumpeter Buck Clayton, trombonist J.J. Johnson and tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. In addition, there are selections featuring trombonist Jack Teagarden, the 52nd Street All-Stars (with Shavers, Hawkins and tenorman Allan Eager), the tenor of Lucky Thompson, trumpeter Neal Hefti, altoist Benny Carter, singer Mildred Bailey and solo piano records by Art Tatum and Erroll Garner. The mid-to-late '40s were a particularly rich period for jazz and this highly recommended CD is filled with gems.

VA - Afro Cuban Jazz: 1947-1960 (1995)

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VA - Afro Cuban Jazz: 1947-1960 (1995)

VA - Afro Cuban Jazz: 1947-1960 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 369 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb | Scans included
Label: Giants Of Jazz | # CD 53170 | Time: 01:06:38
Afro Cuban Jazz, Big Band, Bop, Mambo

Featuring prime Latin jazz cuts from the heyday of the mambo, Afro Cuban Jazz: 1947-1960 is really a better than average showcase for one of the music's best: Machito. In fact, this disc contains 13 sides by Machito & His Orchestra, including two bebop gems featuring Charlie Parker ("Mango Mangue," "No Noise, Pts. 1-2"). That's not to overlook the presence of one of the supreme champions of Latin jazz, Dizzy Gillespie ("Manteca"), Stan Kenton and his mathematically frenetic bongo jams, and J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding teaming up for a couple of classics. Truthfully, however, the real meat here is heard on such Machito dancefloor fillers as "Oyeme" and "Minor Rama." So, when you've got a jones for jazz in a mambo mood, this disc will provide the needed salve.

J.J. Johnson - The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 2 (1956) [RVG Edition 2001]

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J.J. Johnson - The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 2 (1956) [RVG Edition 2001]

J.J. Johnson - The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 2 (1956) [RVG Edition 2001]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 301 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 146 MB | Covers (3 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (7243 5 32144 2 5)

The second of two Blue Note CDs contains two complete sessions that showcase trombonist J.J. Johnson. The first six titles (highlighted by "Old Devil Moon" and "Too Marvelous for Words") feature Johnson in a quintet with pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Charles Mingus, drummer Kenny Clarke and the congas of Sabu. For the later session, there are also six titles (including "Pennies from Heaven" and "Portrait of Jennie") plus three alternate takes; Johnson is joined by Hank Mobley on tenor, pianist Horace Silver, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Kenny Clarke. Both of these dates offer listeners excellent examples of the talents of the great trombonist who always played his instrument with the fluidity of a trumpet.

J.J. Johnson - The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1 (1955) [RVG Edition 2001]

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J.J. Johnson - The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1 (1955) [RVG Edition 2001]

J.J. Johnson - The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1 (1955) [RVG Edition 2001]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 167 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 96 MB | Covers (6 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (7243 5 32143 2 6)

The CD reissue of the two volumes titled The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson straighten out his three Blue Note sessions of 1953-55 and add alternate takes. This particular CD concentrates exclusively on the trombonist's 1953 sextet date with the great trumpeter Clifford Brown, Jimmy Heath (who doubles on tenor and baritone), pianist John Lewis, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Kenny Clarke. The six titles (plus three alternates) are highlighted by "It Could Happen to You," "Turnpike" and a classic rendition of "Get Happy."

The Horace Silver Quintet Plus J.J.Johnson - The Cape Verdean Blues (1965)

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The Horace Silver Quintet Plus J.J.Johnson - The Cape Verdean Blues (1965)

The Horace Silver Quintet Plus J.J.Johnson - The Cape Verdean Blues (1965)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 225 MB | Covers - 51 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (CDP 7 84220 2), 1989

After the success of Song for My Father and its hit title cut, Horace Silver was moved to pay further tribute to his dad, not to mention connect with some of his roots. Silver's father was born in the island nation of Cape Verde (near West Africa) before emigrating to the United States, and that's the inspiration behind The Cape Verdean Blues. Not all of the tracks are directly influenced by the music of Cape Verde (though some do incorporate Silver's taste for light exoticism); however, there's a spirit of adventure that pervades the entire album, a sense of exploration that wouldn't have been quite the same with Silver's quintet of old…

J.J. Johnson - J.J. Johnson's Jazz Quintets (1961) [Reissue 1992]

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J.J. Johnson - J.J. Johnson's Jazz Quintets (1961) [Reissue 1992]

J.J. Johnson - J.J. Johnson's Jazz Quintets (1961) [Reissue 1992]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 102 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 90 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Savoy Jazz/Nippon Columbia (SV-0151)

One can fault this CD for having brief playing time (a dozen selections totaling less than 33 minutes) and for not including the alternate takes, but the music is beyond criticism. When trombonist J.J. Johnson burst on the scene in the mid-'40s, his speed, fluency and quick ideas put him at the top of his field, where he remained for over a half century. This 1992 CD has the trombonist's first three sessions as a leader, music that qualifies as classic bebop. Johnson is matched with either altoist Cecil Payne, baritonist Leo Parker or tenor great Sonny Rollins (on one of his first dates) in quintets that also include Bud Powell, Hank Jones or John Lewis on piano; Leonard Gaskin, Al Lucas or Gene Ramey on bass; and Max Roach or Shadow Wilson on drums…

J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - Trombone For Two (1956) [Reissue 2007]

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J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - Trombone For Two (1956) [Reissue 2007]

J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - Trombone For Two (1956) [Reissue 2007]
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 270 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 178 MB | Covers (9 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mosaic Records (MCD-1015)

The J.J. Johnson-Kai Winding quintet became one of the more unlikely successes of the mid-'50s, recording nine albums during their two years of steady collaborations. Their first Columbia LP (there would be five) has such likable songs as "Give Me the Simple Life," "Trombone for Two," "It's Sand Man," "Let's Get Away from It All" and "This Can't Be Love." With pianist Dick Katz, bassist Paul Chambers (who would soon join Miles Davis) and drummer Osie Johnson, the focus is almost entirely on the competitive but complementary trombonists. The results are bop-based but full of surprises, tasteful but not always predictable.

J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - The Great Kai And J.J. (1961) [Reissue 1997]

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J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - The Great Kai And J.J. (1961) [Reissue 1997]

J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - The Great Kai And J.J. (1961) [Reissue 1997]
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 247 MB | Covers - 28 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Impulse! (IMP 12252)

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."

J.J. Johnson - Modern Jazz Archive [Recorded 1949-1954] (2004)

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J.J. Johnson - Modern Jazz Archive [Recorded 1949-1954] (2004)

J.J. Johnson - Modern Jazz Archive [Recorded 1949-1954] (2004)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 596 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 284 MB | Covers - 21 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Membran Music (221954-306)

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 Carter (taking a solo on "Love for Sale" in 1943), and played at the first JATP concert (1944)…

Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson - At The Opera House (1957)

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Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson - At The Opera House (1957)

Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson - At The Opera House (1957)
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 408 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 177 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve/Polygram (831 272-2), 1986

Whatever Norman Granz was using as a thinking man's energy drink in 1957 when he formulated this Jazz at the Philharmonic all-star band should be bottled and sold to the world. This stroke of genius was manifested in pairing Stan Getz with J.J. Johnson, backing them up with pianist Oscar Peterson's legendary trio including bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis, and adding MJQ drummer Connie Kay to this truly classic jazz sextet. Two JATP concerts done in Chicago (in stereo) and Los Angeles (in mono) comprise this expanded edition CD, with some stretched-out jams, repeat tunes, and extra material…

Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson - Nuf Said (1955) [Reissue 2000]

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Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson - Nuf Said (1955) [Reissue 2000]

Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson - Nuf Said (1955) [Reissue 2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 204 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 176 MB | Covers (11 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Avenue Jazz (R2 75995)

At times sounding indistinguishable soloing side by side, trombonists Kai Winding and J.J. Johnson gained unexpected fame from a series of collaborative efforts cut during the mid-'50s. Sandwiched between their initial Savoy outing and several Columbia releases (and a later reunion session for Impulse), 1955's Nuf Said features the soloists in a buoyant West Coast mood on several medium- to fast-tempo swingers. Winding and Johnson both turn in fluid, tonally rounded statements, while pianist Dick Katz, bassists Milt Hinton and Wendell Marshall, and drummer Al Harewood (using brushes most of the time) provide plush rhythmic support…