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Budd Johnson

One of the earliest Texas tenors, arranging boss of the Earl Hines Grand Terrace Orchestra, and pivotal swing-to-bop figure, Budd Johnson distributed his gifts through several eras of jazz. He was a major composer and arranger and a saxophonist whose style fit as comfortably into bebop as it did into swing. Albert J. (Budd) Johnson was born in Dallas on December 14, 1910. His father was a choir director and cornetist who taught him piano at a young age. By Johnson's teenage years he had switched to drums and was playing with his brother, Keg Johnson, in bands around town. Eventually the two started their own group, the Moonlight Melody Six

Sex & Drugs & Jazz & Jive: Top Ten Stash Records Albums

Read "Sex & Drugs & Jazz & Jive: Top Ten Stash Records Albums" reviewed by Chris May

With all the transgressive flair you would expect of bohemian New York City in the 1970s and 1980s, Bernie Brightman's Stash Records made its name with a hugely entertaining series of sex and drugs-themed compilations of swing-era recordings. The first was Reefer Songs in 1976. But Brightman's legacy extends much further. There was a finite amount ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

James Clay: Texas Tenor, Second Generation

Read "James Clay: Texas Tenor, Second Generation" reviewed by David Perrine

The term “Texas tenor" was originally coined to describe the sound and style of such swing era players as Herschel Evans, Illinois Jacquet, Buddy Tate, Budd Johnson, Arnett Cobb and others, and has subsequently been applied to second generation players from Texas that included James Clay, David “Fathead" Newman and Marchel Ivery. What these players had ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Even More Big Tenors

Even More Big Tenors

Since I'm now tenor crazy after featuring great saxophonists all week, I went in search of video featuring even mightier reed players. How about Dexter Gordon, Budd Johnson, Buddy Tate, Illinois Jacquet and Arnett Cobb on the same stage engaging in a tenor battle?  Here's the clip. Jacquet is in the cream suit, Tate is in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Budd Johnson: Let's Swing!

Budd Johnson: Let's Swing!

I'm not sure why tenor saxophonist Budd Johnson didn't record more often as a leader. I suspect the reason rests with his enormously busy sideman schedule. Johnson appeared onnearly 400 recording sessions over the course of his career. In addition, he was likely more comfortable at top man in a reed section than standing front and center ...

ARTICLE: FORGOTTEN FINDS

Lions in Winter

Read "Lions in Winter" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Recently passed jazz greats, saxophonist James Moody and pianist Hank Jones, were both fortunate enough to be making solid, vital recordings right up to the ends of their lives. Moody's 4A (IPO, 2009) and 4B (IPO, 2010) were as well-played as any he ever recorded, and Jones, who was still active in his last year at ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Andy Farber

Read "Take Five With Andy Farber" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Andy Farber:Andy Farber is an award-winning jazz composer, arranger and saxophonist and has spent years performing with the likes of Jon Hendricks and Wynton Marsalis. Since 1994, Farber has been part of the Jazz @ Lincoln Center stable of writers and performers. Through [email protected], Farber has toured with the [email protected] ...

Mr Bechet

Label: Cinephile
Released: 2007

and the Four Brass Giants

Label: Fantasy Jazz
Released: 2000
Track listing: All My Love/ Blue Lou/ Trinity River Bottom/ Driftwood/ Blues for Lester (Memories of Lester Young, Part 1)/ The Message (Memories of Lester Young, Part 2)/ Don

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Budd Johnson: and the Four Brass Giants

Read "and the Four Brass Giants" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Put simply and succinctly this is a brass lover’s dream! The fact that you get the hard swinging and under-recognized Budd Johnson as part of the package makes it damn near essential. Originally the brainchild of Nat Adderly’s brother (“Cannonball” anyone?), Johnson took the arranger’s helm at an early stage of the project and devised a ...


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