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J.J. Johnson - Columbia Albums Collection: 1956-1961 (4 CDS)

J.J. Johnson - Columbia Albums Collection: 1956-1961 (4 CDS)

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 James Louis Johnson was born on 24th January 1924 in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Reverend James Horace and Nina Johnson, and was raised in a strict, disciplinarian household. His mother encouraged him to start playing piano at the age of nine, before he temporarily moved to baritone saxophone. When his school friends at Crispus Attucks High School needed a trombone player for their band, James Jr. made the final switch, and trombone would remain his instrument of choice for the rest of his life. Heavily influenced by the likes of Dickie Wells, Trummy Young and J.C. Higginbotham, Johnson began his professional career in 1941 when he joined the band of Clarence Love. He moved on to pianist Snookum Russell's group in 1942, where he played alongside trumpeter Fats Navarro. His career reached new heights that year too when he was invited to join Benny Carter's orchestra as player and arranger, a post he held for three years. During this time, Johnson made his first recordings, and appeared at the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert. Sadly, on 4th February 2001, after a long battle with prostate cancer, J.J. Johnson took the decision to go out on his own terms; he ended his life by his own hand via a single gunshot wound at age 77. This four CD box set compiles the entirety of J.J. Johnson's work as bandleader for the Columbia label, originally released between 1956 and 1961. Featuring eight complete albums, and over five hours of music, all in glorious remastered sound, this compilation will prove both a perfect starting point for those new to J.J.'s music, and a welcome reminder for those already well-versed.

- Disc 1 -
1 Naptown U.S.A
2 It Might As Well Be Spring
3 Tumbling Tumbleweeds
4 Angel Eyes
5 Solar
6 Overdrive
7 Undecided
8 Never Let Me Go
9 Chasin' the Bird
10 Cube Steak
11 It's Only a Paper Moon
12 Paul's Pal
13 For Heaven's Sake
14 Commutation
15 Harvey's House
16 That Tired Routine Called Love
17 Be My Love
18 Cry Me a River
19 Nickels and Dimes

- Disc 2 -
1 Hello, Young Lovers
2 Kev
3 What's New
4 Blue Trombone, Part I
5 Blue Trombone, Part II
6 Gone with the Wind
7 100 Proof
8 Tea Pot
9 Barbados
10 In a Little Provincial Town
11 Cette Chose
12 Blue Haze
13 Love Is Here to Stay
14 So Sorry Please
15 It Could Happen to You
16 Bird Song
17 Old Devil Moon

- Disc 3 -
1 Tune Up
2 Laura
3 Walkin'
4 What Is This Thing Called Love?
5 Misterioso
6 My Old Flame
7 Now's the Time
8 Me Too
9 Decision
10 I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
11 Red Cross
12 Almost Like Being in Love
13 Stardust
14 Sidewinder
15 God Bless the Child
16 Speak Low

- Disc 4 -
1 Jennie's Song
2 Only the Lonely
3 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
4 In a Sentimental Mood
5 Get Out of Town
6 I'm Glad There Is You
7 You're My Girl
8 To the Ends of the World
9 What Is There to Say
10 Lazy Bones
11 Mohawk
12 Minor Mist
13 In Walked Horace
14 Fatback
15 Aquarius
16 Shutterbug