J.J. Johnson: Hello Young Lovers


Hello Young Lovers


J.J. Johnson (trombone)


The Complete Columbia J.J. Johnson Small Group Sessions (Mosaic MD7-169)

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J.J. Johnson (trombone), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Max Roach (drums).

Composed by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II


Recorded: New York, April 26, 1957


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Few trombonists came anywhere near J.J.'s light-speed technique, and even those who did failed to match his tonal purity. The all-stars on this quintessential track rise to the leader's level, with former Johnson sideman Chambers, current sidekick Flanagan, and old bebop buddy Roach meshing masterfully. As a coda, J.J. quotes "March of the Siamese Children"—like "Hello Young Lovers," from Broadway's The King and I—slyly reminding us of his ungainly instrument's humble marching-band origins. In Johnson's hands, the sliphorn not only scaled the heights, it reached the summit. J.J.'s flag flies triumphantly alone at the peak of jazz trombone.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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