- Friendship Suite, First Movement: Ode to G.T.
- Friendship Suite, Second Movement: Let's Hang Out
- Friendship Suite, Third Movement: Love You Nana
- Friendship Suite, Fourth Movement: Reunion
- It Never Entered My Mind
- Beautiful Love
- It's You or No One
- My I Have Dis Dance?
- Hasten Jason
- I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
Forty-nine years after his recording debut, trombonist J.J. Johnson is still in peak form on this disc. Most of the numbers on his Verve CD find him accompanied by either Stanley Cowell or Renee Roenes on piano, bassist Rutus Reid and Victor Lewis or Lewis Nash on drums with occasional contributions from trumpeter Terence Blanchard (whose chops sound a little off) and Ralph Moore on tenor and soprano. In addition, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath makes a couple of guest appearances, and "Beautiful Love" is taken by Johnson as an unaccompanied solo. Despite the strong supporting cast, the great trombonist is the star throughout, particularly on "It Never Entered My Mind," his "Kenya," "It's You or No One" and a tasteful quartet rendition of "I Got It Bad." Excellent music.
Performance CreditsJ.J. Johnson Primary Artist,Trombone
Stanley Cowell Piano
Jimmy Heath Tenor Saxophone
Ralph Moore Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rufus Reid Bass
Renee Rosnes Piano
Victor Lewis Drums
Lewis Nash Drums
Terence Blanchard Trumpet
Technical CreditsJean-Philippe Allard Producer
J.J. Johnson Arranger,Producer
Jay Newland Engineer