Friday, November 22, 2013

The Jay and Kai Trombone Octet

It was around the years when this recording was made that trombone groups, whether they be choirs, quartets, septets, or some other configuration, were in vogue. Kai Winding recorded several during the 1950s with his own group and with his oftentimes playing partner, J.J. Johnson. This album is the product of one of those occasions. Recorded over a three-day period in 1956 and originally issued on a Columbia LP, Johnson and Winding are joined by fellow slide instrumentalists Bob Alexander, Eddie Bert, Urbie Green, Jimmy Cleveland, Tom Mitchell, and Bart Varsalona, the latter two on bass trombone, plus an all-star rhythm section of Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson. Also somewhat of an item during this period was the trombonium, an upright valve trombone resembling a euphonium. Johnson and Winding use this instrument on some of the cuts, including "A Night in Tunisia" and "Piece for Two Tromboniums." The playing here is simply terrific, as one would expect from this eminent cast of trombonists. The only problem is that after a while, one begins to yearn for some other horns, especially the sax, to get a change in the harmonics and voicings. Nonetheless, the playing, both solo and in ensemble, is brilliant and is a prime example of how the trombone had evolved from essentially a tailgate to an instrument that could execute fast-moving bop tunes and use a controlled vibrato and enveloping tone on slower numbers. There's plenty to choose from both categories on this session. The players on this album were in the vanguard of that metamorphosis. This LP richly deserved to be reissued on CD.
Dave Nathan

Source :

J. J. Johnson
Kai Winding
Trombone Octet
Jay and Kai + 6
The Jay and Kai Trombone Octet


1 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  2:25
2 Piece for Two Tromboniums (Johnson)  2:00
3 Rise 'N Shine (Youmans)  2:41
4 All at Once You Love Her (Hammerstein II, Rodgers)  2:38
5 No Moon at All (Evans, Mann)  2:11
6 The Surrey With the Fringe on Top (Hammerstein II, Rodgers)  2:29
7 The Peanut Vendor (Gilbert, Simóns, Sunshine)  2:09
8 You're My Thrill (Clare, Gorney)  2:44
9 Jeanne (Winding)  2:30
10 Four Plus Four (Tyner)  3:11
11 You Don't Know What Love Is (DePaul, Raye)  2:18
12 The Continental (Conrad, Magidson)  2:21 


[# 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 11]
J. J. Johnson - tb & tbnm
Kai Winding - tb & tbnm
Urbie Green, Bob Alexander, Eddie Bert & Jimmy Cleveland - tb
Bart Varsalona & Tom Mitchell - b tb
Hank Jones - p
Milt Hinton - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded in New York ; April 2 & 4, 1956
[# 1, 4, 7, 10 & 12]
Same as above, except
Ray Brown - b, replaces Hinton
Candido Camero - cng dr & bng
Recorded in New York ; April 6, 1956


Melanchthon said...

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias

pedro gamundi said...


Philo said...

Wonderful arrangements & ensemble playing! Thanks Mel.

creation25 said...

Mel could you please fix the link for this one? thanxxx