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All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
Two trombones and rhythm is a tried and true formula first brought to prominence through the lilting sounds of J. J. Johnson and Kai Winding in the 1950s. Bill Allred and Roy Williams fall squarely in that tradition, with this full-length recording that focuses on popular tunes like "It's Only a Paper Moon" and "Too Close for Comfort." The two trombonists produce visceral excitement with their tight harmonies, upbeat tempos, and overall good fun. This is music that makes you want to stand up and dance. When Allred and Williams get hot -- as they do with great regularity -- they burn with enthusiasm. The trombonists don't take themselves too seriously; they focus on having ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
Two trombones and rhythm is a tried and true formula first brought to prominence through the lilting sounds of J. J. Johnson and Kai Winding in the 1950s. Bill Allred and Roy Williams fall squarely in that tradition, with this full-length recording that focuses on popular tunes like "It's Only a Paper Moon" and "Too Close for Comfort." The two trombonists produce visceral excitement with their tight harmonies, upbeat tempos, and overall good fun. This is music that makes you want to stand up and dance. When Allred and Williams get hot -- as they do with great regularity -- they burn with enthusiasm. The trombonists don't take themselves too seriously; they focus on having a rollicking good time. Regardless of how sophisticated your tastes, if you ever wondered what attracted you to jazz in the first place, it very well might have been the kind of unadulterated joy manifested by this glorious quintet. Allred and Williams are pre-modern stylists: big toned, even raucous, but with great technique. They front a first-rate rhythm section, including powerful drummer Butch Miles, bassist and otherwise sometime trombonist Isla Eckinger, and pianist Johnny Varro. When they're hot -- as they are so often just here 'em blow on "Blues #1" -- they are unstoppable. Simple, but never simplistic; tasteful, but never dull; professional, but not showy; and hot, but not corny -- what an act! Highly recommended for all those who love the sounds of the trombone, and those who just like a swinging good time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • Label: Nagel-Heyer Germany
  • UPC: 675754642228
  • Catalog Number: 24
  • Sales rank: 390,925

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Allred Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Trombone
Roy Williams Trombone, Track Performer
Isla Eckinger Bass, String Bass
Butch Miles Drums
Johnny Varro Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Jerry Bock Composer
Clay Boland Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Klaus Stratemann translation
Moe Jaffe Composer
Manfred Selchow Liner Notes
Bernd Schultze Engineer
Hans Nagel-Hayer Producer
Larry Holofcener Composer
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