Bennie Green, JJ Johnson & Kai Winding – Kai and Jay, Bennie Green with Strings (Full Album)

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
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 selections are eight songs that for the first time matched together trombonists J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding in a quintet. The Johnson and Winding group would be quite popular during the next two years and, listening to the colorful and melodic versions of such tunes as “How Long Has This Been Going On,” “Dinner for One,” and “We’ll Be Together Again,” it is easy to see why (

Track listing:

Tracklist Hide Credits
A1 –Bennie Green With Strings There’s A Small Hotel
Written-By – Rodgers
A2 –Bennie Green With Strings Stardust
Written-By – Carmichael
A3 –Bennie Green With Strings Serenade To Love
Written-By – Johnson
A4 –Bennie Green With Strings Embraceable You
Written-By – Gershwin
A5 –Kai And Jay Don’t Argue
Written-By – Winding
A6 –Kai And Jay How Long Has This Been Going On
Written-By – Gershwin
B1 –Kai And Jay Riviera
Written-By – Johnson
B2 –Kai And Jay Dinner For One
Written-By – Carr
B3 –Kai And Jay Hip Bones
Written-By – Johnson
B4 –Kai And Jay Wind Bag
Written-By – Winding
B5 –Kai And Jay We’ll Be Together Again
Written-By – Fischer
B6 –Kai And Jay Bags’ Groove


Peck Morrison (tracks: A5 to B6), Tommy Potter (tracks: A1 to A4) – bass
Al Harewood (tracks: A5 to B6), Osie Johnson (tracks: A1 to A4) – drums
Dick Katz (tracks: A5 to B6), John Malachi (tracks: A1 to A4) – piano
Adam Micevich (tracks: A1 to A4), Alan Lane (4) (tracks: A1 to A4), Autrey McKissack (tracks: A1 to A4), Max Waxler (tracks: A1 to A4) – strings
Bennie Green (tracks: A1 to A4), Jay Jay Johnson* (tracks: A5 to B6), Kai Winding (tracks: A5 to B6) – trombone

Recording Date: May 13, 1952 & December 3, 1954