J.J. Johnson came up in big bands as the swing era was winding down and ushered the trombone into bebop. To describe it most simply, he translated Charlie Parker into trombonese, and trombone traditionalists have never forgiven him for it. They said the instrument wasn’t supposed to sound that fast, that precise. So much for them. Johnson set a standard trombonists are still trying to reach. In this 1980 album, J.J. kept them aware that reaching his technique was one thing; grasping his artistry was something else. He was assisted by a sprightly group that included Clark Terry, Ray Brown, and the late Victor Feldman.
with Clark Terry, Ernie Watts, Pete Jolly, Billy Childs, Victor Feldman, Ray Brown, Tony Dumas, Kevin Johnson