Sunday, July 8, 2012

J. J. Johnson's Jazz Quintets

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. Other than the ballads "Don't Blame Me" and "Yesterdays," the repertoire is comprised of originals (including Rollins' "Audobon") containing lots of tricky lines, concise but heated solos, and virtuosic playing. Until a more complete reissue takes its place, bop fans not owning the music (plus the alternates) on earlier LPs will definitely find this CD valuable.
Scott Yanow

Source :

J.J. Johnson
J. J. Johnson's Jazz Quintets


1 Jay Bird (Johnson) 2:56
2 Coppin' the Bop (Roach) 2:57
3 Jay Jay (Johnson) 3:04
4 Mad Be Bop (Johnson) 2:38
5 Boneology (Johnson) 2:57
6 Down Vernon's Alley (Johnson) 2:32
7 Audubon (Rollins) 2:45
8 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh) 2:46
9 Goof Square (Rollins) 2:23
10 Bee Jay (Johnson) 2:24
11 Yesterdays (Otto Harbach, Kern) 2:57
12 Riffette (Johnson) 2:25

[# 1-4]

J. J. Johnson - tb
Cecil Payne - as
Bud Powell - p
Leonard Gaskin - b
Max Roach - dr
Recorded in New York ; June 26, 1946
[# 5, 6, 11 & 12]

J. J. Johnson - tb
Leo Parker - bs
Hank Jones - p
Al Lucas - b
Shadow Wilson - dr
Recorded in New York ; December 24, 1947
[# 7-10]

J. J. Johnson - tb
Sonny Rollins - ts
John Lewis - p
Gene Ramey - b
Shadow Wilson - dr
Recorded in New York ; May, 1949


Melanchthon said...

ita diegues said...

Gracias Melanchthon.

greenishthing said...

great album.... but what a cover !?!? :-D

Andy D said...

Thank you for posting this. I was looking for it last week and only found very bad transfers.

Neal said...

Hi Mel!

Thanks very much for this! Perhaps a temporary condition, but through jDownloader it indicates "offline" right now.

rubberduck said...

Hi Neal.

The same for me now.

I think ( I'm not sure ) it's a Jdownloader problem with lix-in , or a change in rapidshare ).

The files are all online.

so :

1)If you're a premium rapidshare, log out from rapidshare.

(If you're logged, you can't see the rapidshare link in the browser bar : you will obtain it in the next step )

2) copy the Mel link ( ) in your browser bar

3) click " continue to rapidshare "

4) now in the browser bar you have the link to the file

5) copy and paste it in Jdownloader

In this way I was able to use jdownloader without problems.

I hope this is necessary since the situation was fixed.

rubberduck said...

I forgot to say: " Many thanks, Mel "

Neal said...

Thanks Rubberduck! I had thought of that, and I think when I tried the direct link (as opposed to just copying the lix link to JDownloader like I had done before, I had an active RS download in the queue. This triggers a warning page from RS about simultaneous downloads, and there's a link to the file in the body of the page that will NOT work. However, the link in the url window DOES work. Go figure! Sorry about the tangent here folks, but for those of us that are RS free users these days, the ability to set 2 or 3 RS downloads in a queue is great for overnight downloads, and one nice thing about RS in these days of slow "free" user downloads, the fact that no captchas need be entered is definitely a plus!

Thanks again, Mel!


crispi said...

Would be so great if you could re-up this one! Thanks!