The J.J. Johnson Sextet J.J. Inc. on 180g Import LP from Speakers Corner
He was a shining example for many European modern-jazz trombonists: J. J. Johnson, the man from Indianapolis, and the swinging half of the pair Jay and Kai. (Kai Winding was the white guy with the “cool” sound.) On this Columbia LP, recorded in August 1960, you get to experience J.J. in three ways – as a soloist, composer, and arranger.
To this is added a superbly well-rehearsed combo consisting of Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Jordan and one of the very best rhythm groups of late hard bop: Cedar Walton, Arthur Harper, and Albert Heath. Thanks to having performed the works over the previous eight months in concerts before the recording, all the numbers sound wonderfully homogeneous, and the improvisations never once become stereotyped.
The theme tune of "In Walked Horace" well illustrates J.J.’s musical background, which lies somewhere between Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and Horace Silver. On the reverse side of the LP cover, Johnson describes his feelings during the recording session: "Wow! What a pleasure!" And the listener will certainly go along with that for the whole length of the LP!
J.J. Johnson (trombone)
Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone)
Freddy Hubbard (trumpet)
Cedar Walton (piano)
Arthur Harper (bass)
Albert Heath (drums)
The J.J. Johnson Sextet J.J. Inc. Track Listing:
2. Minor Mist
3. In Walked Horace