Dave Brubeck / J.J. Johnson / Kai Winding

Dave Brubeck/Jay & Kai at Newport

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This historic LP finds the Dave Brubeck Quartet performing two standards ("Take the 'A' Train" and "I'm in a Dancing Mood") along with the pianist/leader's "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "Two-Part Contention." Altoist Paul Desmond is in fine form as is the supportive drummer Joe Dodge who would soon leave the Quartet; Joe Morello was his eventual replacement. The second part of this LP is the final performance by the two-trombone J.J. Johnson-Kai Winding Quintet before they broke up after two years of steady work. Overall, this album gives one a good look at two of the most popular jazz groups of 1956.

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