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J.J. - The Music Of J.J. Johnson

by Ron Kischuk & The Masters Of Music Trombones

Six Trombones play the music of jazz legend J.J. Johnson.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Sweet Georgia Gillespie
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2. Blue Nun
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3. Lament
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4. Why Not?
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5. In Walked Horace
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6. My Old Flame
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7. Jevin
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8. Wee Dot
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The CD opens with a tune from J.J.’s Standards recording, Live at the Village Vanguard. Sweet
Georgia Gillespie was written over the changes to Sweet Georgia Brown, and pays tribute to
Dizzy Gillespie’s composition Salt Peanuts. The tune was written and performed to showcase the
drummer, and true to the original, we feature Dave Taylor on the drums. His brush work will
conjure up visions of Ed Thigpen, Clayton Cameron and more. This swinging arrangement
spreads the scant melody throughout the six trombones before going into a series of solos. First
up is Ron Kischuk, followed by Al Duncan, Jeff Halsey and finally Gene Smith. This
arrangement concludes with a repeat of the melody and a not so traditional jazz stinger on the end.

Blue Nun is one of the bone quartet tracks on the disc. The tune was released on J.J.‘s Concepts
In Blue record. This track features Ed. Gooch and Ron Kischuk (with plunger) and uses a
transcribed J.J. chorus as an interlude between soloists. Matt Michaels plays a nice laid back solo
before the repeat of the head and out.

Lament is J.J.’s most well known composition. For that reason we have chosen not to single out
any individual soloists, and instead honor J.J. with the ensemble performance of this beautiful
ballad. The arrangement also visits a little bit of Slide Hampton’s World of Trombones with
it’s harmonic colors.

Why Not is from J.J.’s modal bag. It was performed on the Live Yokohama Concert record with
Nat Adderly in 1977. This arrangement is laid out to give plenty of openness to the
soloists. The opening allows Dave Taylor a little space on drums. Al Duncan’s J.J. influenced
choruses, are followed by Gene Smith, Ron Kischuk and lastly, Matt Michaels on the piano.

In Walked Horace comes from J.J. Inc. in 1960. This breezy chart starts with a short intro
followed by stop time trombones. You get a slight curve with the bass solo up first, but Jeff
Halsey’s skillful improvisation insures that it’s not a distraction. The bass solo is followed by a
rousing couple of choruses by Gene Smith before Horace walks back out.

My Old Flame is the only composition on the record not written by J. J. He wrote very few
ballads, but certainly enjoyed playing them. His version of this tune on Trombone Master is
exquisite, and helped motivate us to make this selection. The ballad features Ron Kischuk
throughout, and some back and forth lead swapping with Gene Smith. Matt Michaels plays a
great half chorus taking us back to the trombones at the bridge and down to a short closing
cadenza.

Jevin is a Modal waltz, also from the Yokohama Concert recording. This arrangement was
written to feature Jeff Halsey. He has the melody at the top, layered with piano. The trombones
are stacked building up to the solo section. The melody is followed by soloists Ed Gooch, Ron
Kischuk and back to Jeff on the bass. Kischuk and Halsey trade eights and then fours with Dave
Taylor on the drums before the tune unwinds down to a slow halt.

The disc closes with Wee Dot, a tune J.H. recorded in December, 1947, with Leo Parker. This was
a remarkable period when J.J. recored six feature records over a fourteen day span. The tune is a
simple blues jam that starts with Matt Michaels again on piano. He is followed on trombone by
Gene Smith and then Ed Gooch, including a little stop time. Another J.J. chorus is used as an
interlude before Ron Kischuk’s plunger muted solo. The arrangement builds to a full climax in
order to leave you wanting more. We hope it works and that you enjoy the Masters of Music
Trombones and our tribute to the music of J.J. Johnson.

J.J. Johnson was and is one of the most influential trombonists in history. Virtually every
trombone player today owes something to him. His influence is so ingrained in today's players
that it is part of the underlayment of all jazz trombone solos. J.J. recorded over 50 jazz records as
leader, co-leader and sideman. As much as J.J.’s remarkable jazz skills are recognized, not nearly
enough attention has ever been paid to his compositional skills. He wrote for television and films
in Hollywood, but long before that, J.J. composed many jazz tunes and more. His writing
appears in the 1940’s and continued through the end of his life. It is that aspect of his music, in
addition to his great trombone ensemble work, that motivated us to record J.J., The Music of
J.J. Johnson.

Ron Kischuk is a career Detroit musician. He has performed with many legends of jazz, as well
as with hundreds of major stars, and has been a featured soloist with the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra. Ron has performed for both television and movies as well as on grammy winning
records. He is a Yamaha clinician and performing artist, and is the leader of both the Masters
of Music Big Band and the Tartarsauce Traditional Jazz Band. This CD marks his seventh as
leader of his own groups. Ron is currently on the adjunct trombone faculty at Wayne State
University in Detroit. He is also the co-founder of the Masters of Music Studio, a music
conservatory designed to develop the next generation of musicians.

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