The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1

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The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1
The Eminent J. J. Johnson Volume 1.jpg
Studio album by J. J. Johnson
Released 1955 (1955)
Recorded June 22, 1953 and September 24, 1954
Genre Jazz
Length 40:13
Label Blue Note
J. J. Johnson chronology
J. J. Johnson's Jazz Quintets
(1946–49)
The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1
(1953)
The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 2
(1954–55)

The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1 is the name used for two different but related albums by American jazz trombonist J. J. Johnson.

The 1989 CD release (CDP 7 81505 2, etc.) is a reissue of the 1953 10-inch Blue Note album Jay Jay Johnson with Clifford Brown... (BLP 5028) with three alternate takes (bonus tracks) from the same recording session.[1] The 1955 12-inch LP version is a compilation of (most of) the ...with Clifford Brown album combined with (most of) the material from the 1954 10-inch LP release, The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Vol. 2 (BLP 5057).

At the time of the 1953 recording session, Johnson had withdrawn from full-time playing to work as a blueprint inspector.[2][3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars
(Crown award)[3]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "Although Johnson has a couple of features, Clifford Brown largely steals the show".[4] The Penguin Guide to Jazz included both volumes of The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson in its "Core Collection", and assigned its "crown" accolade, along with a four-star rating (of a possible four stars), to both albums.[3] Penguin editors Richard Cook and Brian Morton called the first volume "one of the central documents of post-war jazz."[3]

Release history[edit]

Part of the album's content was originally released as part of Blue Note's 10-inch Modern Jazz 5000 Series, as BLP 5028, entitled Jay Jay Johnson with Clifford Brown. When reissued in Blue Note's 12-inch 1500 series of LPs, tracks from the original 1953 recording session were spread over two albums and combined with tracks from a later session (which had been released as The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Vol. 2 (BLP 5057)), producing The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 1 (BLP 1505) and The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 2 (BLP 1506).[5] The CD reissue put the original six tracks from BLP 5028 together with three alternative takes from the same session and had the title The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 1, although variations in punctuation do occur.[6][7] Although it uses the same artwork as BLP 1505 it is essentially an expanded reissue of the original "Jay Jay Johnson With..." 10 inch album (BLP 5028) rather than a reissue of "The Eminent...Volume 1" (BLP 1505) compilation itself.

Track listing[edit]

1955 12 inch LP release (BLP 1505)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Turnpike"   J. J. Johnson 4:15
2. "Lover Man"   Jimmy Davis, Roger ("Ram") Ramirez, James Sherman 3:50
3. "Get Happy"   Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler 4:47
4. "Sketch 1"   John Lewis 4:21
5. "Capri"   Gigi Gryce 3:37
6. "Jay"   J. J. Johnson 3:42
7. "Old Devil Moon"   E. Y. Harburg, Burton Lane 3:52
8. "It's You Or No One"   Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne 4:06
9. "Too Marvelous For Words"   Johnny Mercer, Richard A. Whiting 3:35
10. "Coffee Pot"   J. J. Johnson 4:08
2001 compact disc reissue
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Capri"   Gigi Gryce 3:37
2. "Lover Man"   Jimmy Davis, Roger ("Ram") Ramirez, James Sherman 3:50
3. "Turnpike"   J. J. Johnson 4:15
4. "Sketch 1"   John Lewis 4:21
5. "It Could Happen To You"   Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen 4:42
6. "Get Happy"   Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler 4:47
7. "Capri [alternate take]"   Gryce 3:47
8. "Turnpike [alternate take]"   Johnson 4:10
9. "Get Happy [alternate take]"   Arlen, Koehler 4:11

The 1989/1997 Blue Note CD re-issues (CDP 7 81505 2) include the same content as the 2001 CD, but in a slightly different track order

Personnel[edit]

1953 June 22 recording session. LP tracks 1~5 and all CD tracks:

1954 September 24 recording session. LP tracks 6~10:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blue Note discography accessed September 14, 2010
  2. ^ Blumenthal, Bob (2001). The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1 (insert). J.J. Johnson. New York: Blue Note. 32143-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 786. ISBN 0-14-103401-7. 
  4. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed September 14, 2010
  5. ^ Cook, Richard (2004) Blue Note Records: the biography Justin, Charles & Co., pp. 241–244.
  6. ^ "The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Vol. 1 (1953)" Blue Note. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  7. ^ "The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Vol. 1" AllMusic. Retrieved 6 May 2013.