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Heroes
J.J. Johnson
Heroes
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Given the decades that trombonist J.J. Johnson has spent plying the jazz trade, it should be no surprise to have him produce a CD with the variety and strength of Heroes. Johnson's got great backup with his quintet, which ...  more »

      
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All Artists: J.J. Johnson
Title: Heroes
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Verve Records
Original Release Date: 1/26/1999
Release Date: 1/26/1999
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731452886422

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Given the decades that trombonist J.J. Johnson has spent plying the jazz trade, it should be no surprise to have him produce a CD with the variety and strength of Heroes. Johnson's got great backup with his quintet, which keeps its stellar harmonic footing via pianist Renee Rosnes. They steer listeners into a romantic, hazy morning on the CD's opener and closer, "Carolyn (In the Morning)" and "Carolyn (In the Evening)," and thump away in a rightly angular fashion on "Thelonious the Onliest." When Wayne Shorter steps aboard for "In Walked Wayne," the music gets a little snaky in its harmonies, egged on by Shorter's bittersweet tenor. What ends up being unusual through the whole session is Johnson's tenacity. There are rough spots in his 1990s-era catalog, places where he seems to not want to play with gutsy chops. But even when he slows down "Blue Train," Johnson keeps his tone full and rounded, ensuring that his melodies are sensual and charged where appropriate. --Andrew Bartlett

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CD Reviews

Simply Wonderful!
W. J. Bernardi | Austin, Tx USA | 04/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"J.J. Johnson is a class act, and an incredible jazz trombonist. This recording is beautifully played, great songs, great arrangements, and J.J. sounds as good as ever. Wayne Shorter also plays some nice sax on this recording. I would recommend this recording to anyone, whether they're a jazz fan or not!"
J.J. I miss you!
David Reitmeyer | Holly Springs, NC USA | 09/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this CD a year or so before the Great Trombonist passed away. This album quickly became one of my favorites--and still is. I stand in awe at J.J.'s massive output and longevity, and his ability to put out an album that's really swingin', thought-provoking, fun, interesting, and a continung source of pleasure. And in his 80s! Amazing! Wayne Shorter won a Grammy for his guest appearance here on "In Walked Wayne." It made me wish the two of them had many more such collaborations as I think it's the best track on the album. I'd give it five stars, but have to reserve that for something like Miles' "Kind of Blue.""
In Walked Wayne
Zuner 4gb | Los Angeles | 08/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Listen to In Walked Wayne and you will buy the cd. Str8 Ahead Cool Jazz 4 Real!!!"