The Brass Orchestra

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
J.J. Johnson finds himself at the helm of a dream band here -- a full brass orchestra with French horns, euphoniums, tubas, and a harp -- and gets to exploit its possibilities wherever they might lead. The results are beyond category, where the veteran trombonist's writing has a feathery richness, urbanity, and a depth charge in the bass reminiscent of, but not really indebted to, Gil Evans. There is plenty of straight-ahead jazz grooving but also several episodes of formal, almost classical writing, as in the suitably joyous "If I Hit the Lottery," and rigorous combinations of both, like the angular tribute to Béla Bartók, "Canonn for Bela." The generous Johnson ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
J.J. Johnson finds himself at the helm of a dream band here -- a full brass orchestra with French horns, euphoniums, tubas, and a harp -- and gets to exploit its possibilities wherever they might lead. The results are beyond category, where the veteran trombonist's writing has a feathery richness, urbanity, and a depth charge in the bass reminiscent of, but not really indebted to, Gil Evans. There is plenty of straight-ahead jazz grooving but also several episodes of formal, almost classical writing, as in the suitably joyous "If I Hit the Lottery," and rigorous combinations of both, like the angular tribute to Béla Bartók, "Canonn for Bela." The generous Johnson doesn't even appear on a piece he commissioned from Robin Eubanks called "Cross Currents" -- Eubanks performs the sputtering trombone solo -- nor on Slide Hampton's blazing "Comfort Zone." He also revisits some of his early third stream experiments from the '50s and '60s; "Ballad for Joe" derives from his "Poem for Brass" and "Horn of Plenty" and "Ballade" from the Perceptions album the latter two sound a bit staid under the current light. Johnson's own trombone solos are always imaginative, authoritative, and irresistibly swinging; at 72, he plays as well here as he ever did. This is a must-buy for all J.J. fans and those who thought that the third stream could never rise again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/1997
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731453732124
  • Catalog Number: 537321

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El Camino Real (6:10)
  2. 2 Enigma (6:25)
  3. 3 Gingerbread Boy (5:20)
  4. 4 Canonn for Bela (3:20)
  5. 5 Comfort Zone (7:48)
  6. 6 Wild Is the Wind (5:02)
  7. 7 If I Hit the Lottery (4:08)
  8. 8 Cross Currents (6:52)
  9. 9 Ballad for Joe (4:26)
  10. 10 Cadenza (1:41)
  11. 11 Why Indianapolis, Why Not Indianapolis? (5:51)
  12. 12 Horn of Plenty (3:33)
  13. 13 Ballade (6:30)
  14. 14 Swing Spring (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
J.J. Johnson Primary Artist, Trombone
Robin Eubanks Trombone
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Slide Hampton Conductor
Rufus Reid Bass
Renee Rosnes Piano
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Eddie Henderson Trumpet
Howard Johnson Tuba
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Victor Lewis Drums
John Clark French Horn
Milton Cardona Percussion
Bob Carlisle French Horn
Tom Everett Conductor
Joseph Alessi Trombone
Bruce Bonvissuto Euphonium
Danny Cahn Trumpet
Dan Faulk Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Earl Gardner Trumpet
Kevin Johnson Percussion
Douglas Purviance Trombone
Jim Pugh Trombone
Alan Raph Euphonium
Byron Stripling Trumpet
Steve Turre Trombone
Marshall Sealy French Horn
Chris Komer French Horn
Joe Shepley Trumpet
Freddie Santiago Percussion
Francesca Corsi Harp
Andy Rodgers Tuba
Technical Credits
Don Sickler Producer
Jim Anderson Engineer
Stanley Crouch Liner Notes
J.J. Johnson Composer, Producer
Richard Seidel Producer
Allan Tucker Mastering
Chika Azuma Art Direction
Anna M. Sala Assistant Production Coordination
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