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J.J. Johnson: J.J. Inc.

J.J. Johnson is one of modern jazz’s great trombonists-if not the greatest-as he has shown since coming to prominence 50 years ago. As annotator/trombonist Steve Turre points out: “[J.J.] has range-both high and low, a huge sound, a flawless attack, dynamics, speed, swing and soul…” He’s heard here with his 1960 sextet which included such new talents as Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard (both of whom went on to greater fame with Art Blakey the following year) and Albert “Tootie” Heath. Tenorman Clifford Jordan and bassist Arthur Harper round out this powerhouse group.

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