J. J. Johnson – J. J.’s Broadway {Verve}

J. J. Johnson – J. J.’s Broadway {Verve}

Hard Bop, Trombone

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219 MB.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

This is one of the more obscure J.J. Johnson LPs. On six of the ten songs, the great trombonist is joined by four others, while the remaining four tracks (the main reasons to search for this album) feature him in a quartet with pianist Hank Jones, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Walter Perkins.

Johnson’s writing on the larger group pieces lifts the material, which is all taken from Broadway shows, while his playing on the quartet tracks is up to his usual level. Some of the songs are now forgotten, but “My Favorite Things,” “Make Someone Happy” and “Put on a Happy Face” are exceptions.

This album has some good music, but it will be very difficult to find.

01. Lovely (3:56)
02. My Favorite Things (4:17)
03. Mira (Can You Imagine That?) (3:24)
04. Make Someone Happy (3:51)
05. Who will Buy (3:55)
06. A Sleepin’ Bee (3:54)
07. Put on a Happy Face (4:07)
08. Nobody’s Heart (3:40)
09. A Second Chance (2:56)
10. The Sweetest Sounds (3:28)

J. J. Johnson – trombone, leader
Urbie Green, Lou McGarity, Tommy Mitchell, Paul Faulise – trombones
Chuck Israels, Richard Davis – bass
Walter Perkins – drums
Hank Jones – piano

Recorded in New York City on March 12 & April 6, 1963
Recording Engineer: Phil Ramone
Director of Engineering: Val Valentin
Cover painting by Paul Giovanopoulos
Produced by Jim Davis
Liner notes by Nat Hentoff

Produced by Bryan Koniarz
Mastered by Bob Irwin and Jayme Pieruzzi at Sundazed Studios, Coxsackie, NY

Production assistance by Mark Smith
Art directed by Hollis King
Art production managed by Sherniece Smith
Executive Producer: Ken Druker

2003, Verve Music Group

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