J.J. Johnson – J.J. ‘s Broadway (Full Album)

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J.J.’s Broadway is an album by jazz trombonist and arranger J. J. Johnson recorded in 1963 for the Verve label.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
This is one of the more obscure J.J. Johnson LPs. On six of the ten songs, the great trombonist is joined by four others, while the remaining four tracks (the main reasons to search for this album) feature him in a quartet with pianist Hank Jones, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Walter Perkins. Johnson’s writing on the larger group pieces lifts the material, which is all taken from Broadway shows, while his playing on the quartet tracks is up to his usual level. Some of the songs are now forgotten, but “My Favorite Things,” “Make Someone Happy” and “Put on a Happy Face” are exceptions. This album has some good music, but it will be very difficult to find.

Track listing:
Lovely” (Stephen Sondheim) – 3:56
My Favorite Things” (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 4:17
Mira” (Bob Merrill) – 3:23
Make Someone Happy” (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green) – 3:51
Who Will Buy?” (Lionel Bart) – 3:54
A Sleepin’ Bee” (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote) – 3:54
Put on a Happy Face” (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse) – 4:06
Nobody’s Heart” (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 3:39
A Second Chance” (André Previn) – 2:55
The Sweetest Sounds” (Rodgers) – 3:28
Recorded in New York City on March 12, 1963 (tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 8 & 10) and April 6, 1963 (tracks 2, 4, 7 & 9)

Personnel:
J. J. Johnson – trombone, leader
Paul Faulise, Urbie Green, Lou McGarity, Tom Mitchell – trombone (tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 8 & 10)
Hank Jones – piano (tracks 2 & 4-8)
Richard Davis (tracks 2, 4, 7 & 9), Chuck Israels (tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 8 & 10) – bass
Walter Perkins – drums

Released: 1963
Recorded: March 12 and April 6, 1963
New York City
Length: 37:23
Label: Verve
V/V6 8530
Producer: Jim Davis

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