A Tribute to J.J. Johnson
Steve Davis [trombone] Eddie Henderson [trumpet] Eric Alexander [tenor saxophone] Harold Mabern [piano] Peter Washington [bass] Joe Farnsworth [drums]
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Trombonist Steve Davis leads a celebration of the music of J.J. Johnson and revisits the music from his acclaimed recording Say When. Like the legendary J.J. Johnson, Davis navigates the challenges inherent in the language of bebop with seeming ease. As JazzTimes reports, “(Steve) has established himself as one of the most accomplished and lyrical improvisers on his instrument as well as a prolific composer. Downbeat adds, “Davis thoughtfully balances modernism, lyricism and drive—as a writer and a player.” Joining Davis is a truly all-star sextet many of whom were also on Say When including trumpet great Eddie Henderson, powerful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, and J.J.’s former pianist Harold Mabern.