Monday, May 27, 2013

J. J. Johnson & Kai Winding - Trombone for Two

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. All of this group's albums deserve to be reissued in coherent fashion on CD ; this one will be hard to find.
Scott Yanow

Source :

J.J. Johnson
Kai Winding
Trombone for Two


1 The Whiffenpoof Song (Galloway, Minnigerode, Pomeroy) 3:19
2 Give Me the Simple Life (Bloom, Ruby) 3:54
3 Close as Pages in a Book (Fields, Romberg) 3:40
4 Turnabout (Johnson) 3:57
5 Trombone for Two (Winding) 3:17
6 It's Sand, Man (Lewis) 4:02
7 Wee Too (Johnson) 4:07
8 Let's Get Away from It All (Adair, Dennis) 2:55
9 Goodbye (Jenkins) 2:49
10 This Can't Be Love (Hart, Rodgers) 4:07
11 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (Porter) 3:30
12 Caribé (Winding) 2:41
13 Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe (Arlen, Harburg) 3:40
14 The Song Is You (Hammerstein, Kern) 4:02
15 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (Hilliard, Mann) 4:18
16 Trombonims in Motion (Johnson) 3:40
17 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis) 2:33
18 Violets for Your Furs (Adair, Dennis) 4:20
19 Too Close for Comfort (Bock, Holofcener, Weiss) 3:26
20 'S Wonderful (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:08

J. J. Johnson - tb
Kai Winding - tb
Dick Katz - p & celst
Paul Chambers - b [# 1-10]
Milt Hinton - b [# 11-15]
Bill Crow - b [# 16-20]
Osie Johnson - dr [# 1-10]
Shadow Wilson - dr [# 11-15]
Kenny Clarke - dr [# 16-20]

Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio on June 23, 1955 [# 2, 5, 7, 8 & 10], June 24, 1955 [# 1, 3, 4, 6 & 9], November 17, 1955 [# 11-15] & July 18, 1956 [# 11-15]

[# 1-10] originally issued as Columbia CL 742
[# 11-20] originally issued on Jay and Kai (CL 973)


yewsta said...

Trombone for Two - marvellous - thank you mel. Had the second album but not the first.

Otis Foster said...

My copies were long since gone, so this was most welcome.

Thnx Mel

Gsblog said...

Password please.

cvllos said...

Wow, Mel! Ev`rybody oldie is talking about it! It must be good, mainly with JJ & K!
As always, your taste is the most!

jazz-bone said...

Thanks Mel for this beautiful k&j album, but I prefer "the great Kai and J.J."
I love the Kai Winding's arrangement.
"Lady H" is my favourite kai's tune.
If you want listen it here's the link:

tell me what do you think about it.
grazie, ciao.


Marcelo said...

Could you please send me the password?. thanks

Philo said...

J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - Trombone for Two (1955)

As always, another wonderful jazz obscurity.

Very enjoyable music.

Anyone (like I was) trying to figure out what kind of an instrument is the "trombonium" played by Johnson & Winding on track 16 can read all about it here:

Essentially, a trombone replacement shaped a bit like a tuba. Intended for marching bands.

Mitch Lee said...

Since Kai Winding was listed as playing on Miles' Birth of the Cool, I thought I'd give him a listen; but the first several LPs were too pop for my taste. Then I got Danish Blue and liked it a lot better. What is the password? I would really like to check out these duets!

Melanchthon said...

lucky5 said...

Thank you very much, Mel, for the great music you share with us!!

John Pickworth said...

Thanks Mel !!

fcapeau said...

Many thanks, Mel, for all these beautiful posts and share. But how many lives are you able to live in one for acting this colossal work ???

beega said...

..Greetings from Florida! Great work, phenomenal music, thanks!!..This Jai & Kai Lp looks interesting, any chance of getting the password?..Keep up the great music..Cheers! Beega

Albert Costa Vendrell said...

What a wonderful recording! I can't find the password... can you send it to me? Thanks!

jazzcat1228 said...

Excellent! Thank you, Mel! said...

Muito bom.