Carl Fontana: I Thought About You


I Thought About You


Carl Fontana (trombone)


The Great Fontana (Uptown 27.28)

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Carl Fontana (trombone), Al Cohn (tenor sax), Richard Wyands (piano), Ray Drummond (bass), Akira Tana (drums).

Composed by Johnny Mercer and Jimmy Van Heusen


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 5, 1985


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Carl Fontana's unique post-bop personality is on full display on this track, one of the signature songs of his career. His performance of “I Thought About You” demonstrates a deeply personal and innovative approach to improvisation. His relaxed, playful trombone voice is apparent from the first presentation of the melody. He ducks out of the spotlight, however, in the second "A" of the melody, delicately improvising a countermelody behind Al Cohn's soft tenor saxophone. Fontana lets Cohn take the first solo, then comes in with his own personal approach for his choruses--always in the pocket and fully in control. He slowly works in a few impeccable double-time inflections, fitting them into the restrained tone of the solo. After a brief chorus by pianist Richard Wyands, Cohn and Fontana trade eights before sliding into a loose and interactive final presentation of the tune.

Reviewer: Alex W. Rodriguez

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