First name only. Email address It will remain private. Yemen Yugoslavia Zaire Zambia Zimbabwe. Verification code. Email address. We sent a confirmation message to. Look for it, then click the link to activate your account. While the trombone was featured prominently in dixieland and swing music, it fell out of favor among bebop musicians, largely because instruments with valves and keys trumpet, saxophone were believed to be more suited to bebop's often rapid tempos and demand for technical mastery.
In , bebop co-inventor Dizzy Gillespie encouraged the young trombonist's development with the comment, "I've always known that the trombone could be played different, that somebody'd catch on one of these days. Man, you're elected. After leaving Basie in to play in small bebop bands in New York clubs, Johnson toured in with Illinois Jacquet. During this period he also began recording as a leader of small groups featuring Max Roach , Sonny Stitt and Bud Powell.
In , with bassist Oscar Pettiford and trumpeter Howard McGhee , Johnson toured the military camps of Japan and Korea before returning to the United States and taking a day job as a blueprint inspector. Johnson admitted later he was still thinking of nothing but music during that time, and indeed, his classic Blue Note Records recordings as both a leader and with Miles Davis date from this period.
Johnson's compositions "Enigma" and "Kelo" were recorded by Davis for Blue Note and Johnson was part of the Davis studio session band that recorded the jazz classic Walkin' The trombone styles and personalities of the two musicians, although very different, blended so well  that the pairing, which lasted until August , was a huge success both musically and commercially. They toured U.
The duo reunited again in for a tour of the UK, an Impulse! The duo also made some jazz festival appearances in Japan in the early s, the last shortly before Winding died in May Following the mids collaboration with Winding, J. Johnson began leading his own touring small groups for about 3 years, covering the United States, United Kingdom and Scandinavia. He also toured with the Jazz at the Philharmonic show in and , the first tour yielding a live album featuring Johnson and tenor saxophonist Stan Getz.
In —59 Johnson was one of three plaintiffs in a court case which hastened the abolition of the cabaret card system. Tommy Flanagan. Years given are for the recording s , not first release, except where noted. Motor City Scene Encounter! It's Magic! At the Village Gate Hawkins! At the Village Gate! Genre Jazz. Recording Date September 17, - September 19, Track Listing. Night Flight. Cannonball Junction.
See See Rider. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Add links. Pablo Today PinnaclesPinnacles is an album by jazz trombonist and arranger J. J. Johnson recorded in for the Milestone label.