Kai Winding and J.J. Johnson ‎– Israel (Full Album)

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Israel is an album by American jazz trombonists Kai Winding and J. J. Johnson featuring performances recorded in 1968 and released on the CTI label.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
Trombonists J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding had two reunions on A&M LPs in 1968; they had led a very popular two-trombone quintet during 1954-56 before going their separate ways. This date is a bit commercial, with a small string section and woodwinds utilized on five of the nine numbers. Still, the beautiful tones of the co-leaders make this a worthwhile set with the highlights including “My Funny Valentine,” “Israel,” “St. James Infirmary,” and “Django.”

Track listing:
“My Funny Valentine” (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 4:23
“Israel” (John Carisi) – 5:22
“Catherine’s Theme” (Francis Lai) – 5:14
“Am I Blue / Sonnyboy” (Harry Akst, Grant Clarke / Ray Henderson, Bud De Sylva, Lew Brown) – 4:32
“Never My Love” (Donald Addrisi, Richard Addrisi) – 2:53
“Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week” (Jule Styne, Sammy Kahn) – 2:52
“St. James Infirmary” (Joe Primrose) – 4:04
“Django” (John Lewis) – 4:52
“Try To Remember” (Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt) – 4:11

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on February 19 (track 5 & 6), March 4 (track 2), March 12 (track 3 & 7), and April 16 (track 1, 4, 8 & 9), 1968

Personnel:
J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding — trombone
Herbie Hancock – piano
Ross Tompkins – piano, harpsichord
Eric Gale, Bucky Pizzarelli – guitar
Ron Carter, Richard Davis – bass
Grady Tate – drums
Phil Bodner, George Marge, Romeo Penque – flute, oboe, clarinet
Walter Kane, Frank Schwartz – bassoon
Lewis Eley, Leo Kruczek, Charles Libove, David Nadien, Eugene Orloff, Tosha Samaroff – violin
Al Brown – viola
George Ricci – cello
Eugene Bianco – harp
Don Sebesky, J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding – arranger, conductor

Released: 1968
Recorded: February 19, March 4 & 12 and April 16, 1968
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Length: 42:12
Label: A&M/CTI
SP 3008
Producer: Creed Taylor

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