J.J. Johnson: Winter's Waif


Winter's Waif


J.J. Johnson (trombone)


J.J.! (aka The Dynamic Sound of J.J.! with Big Band) (Mosaic MCD-1004)

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J.J. Johnson (trombone),

Ernie Royal, Jimmy Maxwell, Joe Wilder, Thad Jones (trumpets), Jimmy Cleveland, Tony Studd, Tommy Mitchell (trombones), Jim Buffington (French horn), Bill Stanley (tuba), Jerry Dodgion (alto sax, flute), Harvey Estrin (reeds), Oliver Nelson (tenor sax), Budd Johnson (baritone sax), Hank Jones (piano), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Grady Tate (drums)


Composed & arranged by Gary McFarland


Recorded: New York, December 9, 1964


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

One of two Gary McFarland contributions to this album, "Winter's Waif" shows a tougher side of bossa nova. And a darker side, as the title would lead one to expect. After a solo alto flute introduction (by Estrin?), J.J. Johnson sets up the melody and then soars over an extended vamp by the band. An eat-'em-up-and-spit-'em-out rendition.

Reviewer: Bill Kirchner

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