Recorded by MILES DAVIS on MILES DAVIS (VOLUME 2)
Blue Note: CDP 7 81502 2 / Recorded April 20, 1953
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Trombone, Tenor Sax, Alto Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
Kelo, named for JJ's son Kevin Louis, features the drummer (Art Blakey on the recording) in and out of the rest of the ensemble's figures. It's also full of syncopations - especially in the 2nd & 3rd horn parts - that don't look or sound difficult but require a good sense of time and musical maturity to play convincingly.
SOLOS: The solos are over representative bebop changes with many II-Vs.
Art Blakey/Not Yet (Soul Note 121 105)
TS Monk/Changing Of The Guard (Blue Note 89050)
J.J. JOHNSON (b. 1924). J.J. is to trombone what Dizzy is to trumpet and Bird is to alto sax. One of the all-time greats and an influence on generations of trombonists, J.J. was accused of playing valve trombone because of his enormous facility and clarity. J.J. has worked with many of jazz's fellow all-stars, including Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Bud Powell and Miles Davis. His recordings with Kai Winding are well-known. With compositional gifts equal to those as a performer, J.J. has written standards like Kelo, Lament and Enigma (recorded by Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Milt Jackson, and others) as well as works for big band and full orchestra. In the '70s he wrote film and TV scores, including "Cleopatra Jones," "Barefoot In The Park," "The Mod Squad," and orchestrations for "Shaft." A member of Downbeat's Hall of Fame, J.J. shows no signs of slowing down, and continues to write, record (most recently a big band date on Verve) and tour.
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