Monday, November 14, 2011

J.J. Johnson – J.J.’s Broadway (2003)

J.J. Johnson – J.J.’s Broadway (2003)
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Genre ~ Hard-Bop/Trombone | Label ~ Verve

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. ~Allmusic

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

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

Original album produced by Jim Davis
Recorded March 12 & April 6, 1963 in New York City
Reissue produced by Bryan Koniarz
24-Bit/96kHz mastering by Bob Irwin and Jayme Pieruzzi at Sundazed Studios, Coxsackie, NY
Production assistance by Mark Smith
Art direction by Hollis King
Art production managed by Sherniece Smith
Executive Producer: Ken Druker
Liner notes by Nat Hentoff