Recorded by J.J. JOHNSON on The Complete Columbia J.J. JOHNSON Small Group Sessions
Mosaic: MD7-169 / Sony: 28086 / Recorded July 24, 1956
1st part: Trombone, Trumpet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone, C treble clef
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
Overdrive is a challenging arrangement for any group at the tempo JJ used (quarter note = 296), but it also works great at a much slower tempo, and it's great for getting your rhythm section together. The 48-measure head alternates between Latin and swing in 8-measure sections. There are solo backgrounds and a different setting of the melody at the end.
SOLOS: The solo changes, which explore some common keys, feature three 16-bar phrases which are all different, but with similar harmonic content. These are great changes for thoughtful soloing in which material from the first section can easily be modified and used again in the later sections.
originally on J.J. Johnson/J Is For Jazz (Columbia CL 935)
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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