Naptown U.S.A. – J.J. Johnson
J.J.'s tribute to his hometown is a simple, precise head on (Back Home Again In) Indiana changes, with space for blowing within the melody chorus. A Concert Condensed Score and second parts are available for the quintet arrangement.
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- Recording: J.J. Johnson - J Is For Jazz
- Recorded on: July 27, 1956
- Label: Columbia (CL 935)
- Concert Key: A-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trombone - J.J. Johnson
- Tenor Sax - Bobby Jaspar
- Piano - Tommy Flanagan
- Bass - Wilbur Little
- Drums - Elvin Jones
Second parts and Concert Condensed Score are available for the quintet arrangement. The horns are voiced in thirds at A and the first half of C, but are mostly unison elsewhere. The trombone has the lead part on the recording. Our condensed score is mostly in treble clef but goes into bass clef when the 2nd part is particularly low.
The Concert Condensed Score would be useful for the pianist, bassist and drummer.
"J Is For Jazz" was J.J. Johnson's first recording with Bobby Jaspar. The same quintet recorded two Jaspar compositions—coming soon to jazzleadsheets.com—on J.J.'s next album "Dial JJ5", recorded in January and May 1957.
January 22, 1924 – February 4, 2001
J.J. Johnson is arguably the most influential bop and post-swing trombonist and also one of the great composers and arrangers in jazz. He was one of the first trombonists to embrace bebop; his playing continues to exert a strong influence on other musicians. He started his recording career in 1942 in Benny Carter's big band. On July 2, 1944, J.J was on the first Jazz At The Philharmonic concert. He recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra beginning in 1945. Read more...