Steve Futterman
January 24, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Complete Columbia Recordings of J.J. Johnson

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
J.J. Johnson
Producers
Mosaic
genre
Jazz, Reissues

We gave it an A

J.J. Johnson is the undisputed master of bebop trombone: the innovator who, in the late ’40s, retooled the unwieldy instrument into a sleek apparatus capable of keeping up with the likes of saxophonist Charlie Parker. By the time he cut the seven long-out-of-print recordings on The Complete Columbia Recordings of J.J. Johnson, Johnson — a peerless improviser and formidable composer — had his personal mix of intensity and élan down cold.

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