Kai Winding

The Swingin' States

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The gimmick of this out-of-print LP by trombonist Kai Winding is that all dozen songs have a state in their title including "Jersey Bounce," "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia," "California Here I Come" and "Oklahoma." Only "At Last Alaska" (named after the recently admitted 49th state) is an original. At the time Winding was leading a four-trombone septet (which included two bass trombones). Winding and fellow trombonist Frank Rehak along with pianist Hank Jones split up all of the solo space on the spirited if somewhat lightweight music.