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J.J. Johnson

J.J. Johnson
Born: Jan 22, 1924 in Indianapolis, IN
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Died: Feb 4, 2001 in Indianapolis, IN
Genre: Jazz
Biography: Considered by many to be the finest jazz trombonist of all time, J.J. Johnson somehow transferred the innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to his more awkward instrument, playing with such speed and deceptive ease that at one time some listeners assumed he was playing valve (rather than ...Read full biography
Things Are Getting Better All The Time
Released: 1983
Label: Fantasy Inc.
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J.J. Johnson teams up with fellow trombonist Al Grey for a variety of superior standards and obscurities in a quintet with pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Mickey Roker. Reissued on ...Read full review
Green With Strings
Released: 1954
Label: Fantasy Inc.
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Two unrelated session are combined on this CD reissue of an LP. Trombonist Bennie Green is heard on four ballads from 1952 while backed by a rhythm section and six strings. However, the more significant ...Read full review