Trummy Young

A Man and His Horn

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Considering his talent, trombonist Trummy Young led surprisingly few sessions throughout his career. Some lesser-known outings during 1944-46 and five songs in 1955 were all that preceded this obscure 1975 LP (which was followed by a final effort in 1979). Heard in Hawaii where he settled after leaving Louis Armstrong in 1964, Young is backed by a trombone section on "Margie" and "Mood Indigo"; a few songs use strings, and background vocalists pop up harmlessly in a few instances. Young, who sings some of the tunes, still sounded in his musical prime in the mid-1970s. The program mixes together swing standards with songs written by Hawaiians, and throughout, Trummy Young is in typically joyful and highly expressive form.