Urbie Green

21 Trombones, Vol. 2

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Not only do you get "the massive might of...twenty-one of the world's greatest trombonists" here; you also have the usual Command all-stars on rhythm, electric guitar, vibra-slap, and other instruments (such as Dick Hyman on Roxychord). The trombonists include J.J. Johnson, Buddy Morrow, Kai Winding, and other greats, but not Frank Rosolino. The mod brass sound is in full force and obviously sliding everywhere. Most adventurous is "The Green Bee," a rocking variation on "Flight of the Bumble Bee" by Tommy Newsom. Urbie Green had recorded it when it was the leading candidate to become the Green Hornet theme, but the honor went to Billy May and Al Hirt instead. This first release of the alternate version lets Green show his chops and set a serious benchmark for all aspiring trombonists. "Timbre," Henry Mancini's "The Party" (originally with sitar), and "How Come You Do Me Like You Do" are other lively examples of mod brass, but some of the slow blues are more engaging. A listing mistake, incidentally, is "Got the Blues When it Rains" instead of "It Had to Be You." While trombone fans may have a field day with this one, "The Green Bee" should be a thrill for any instrumental-pop fan.

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