Sep 292014

i was at a goodbye dinner for one of my wife’s professional contacts, but someone who i like a lot (both him & his wife, actually).  very sorry to see them leaving!  it’s sort of the nature of life, or at least our lives.

anyway, i was sitting next to another guest, philip, and we got to talking about jazz… philip said he had been fan of j.j. johnson.  me being me, that didn’t ring any bells of course, but so few names do.  but i looked through my cd’s and shows and sure enough, i’ve downloaded 3 shows by j.j. johnson.  dime strikes again!

this one, the oldest of the 3, was recorded in 1957 by swedish radio and (re?) broadcast a few years ago.  ‘dsgtrane’ shared it on dime back in 2011, but i don’t think i’ve listened to it (or either of the other j.j. johnson shows) since.  very nice!  thanks, philip, for mentioning it!  maybe i’ll share one of the other shows, just for a change of pace, in a couple of days.

j.j. johnson quintet
karlaplan studios, swedish broadcasting corporation
stockholm, sweden
14 june 1957

j.j. johnson, trombone
bobby jaspar, tenor sax
tommy flanagan, piano
wilbur little, bass
elvin jones, drums

01. intros & interview with j j johnson 2:31
02. thou swell 5:03
03. intro to undecided 0:08
04. undecided 3:35
05. intro to never let me go 0:05
06. never let me go 3:17
07. intro to it’s only a paper moon 0:05
08. it’s only a paper moon 5:05
09. intro to a night in tunisia 0:33
10. a night in tunisia 6:12
11. outro to j j johnson broadcast 0:29
tt 27:07

broadcast on swedish radio in march 2003

sample:  04. undecided.mp3