First Place

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First Place
First Place (album).jpg
Studio album by
Released 1957
Recorded April 11, 12 & 26, 1957
Studio Columbia Studios, Studio A and Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
CL 1030
Producer Cal Lampley
J. J. Johnson chronology
J Is for Jazz
(1956)
First Place
(1957)
Blue Trombone
(1957)

First Place is an album by the J. J. Johnson Quartet which was released on the Columbia label.[1][2][3][4]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]

Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars stating "Bop is their thing, and Johnson's flawless lines on his trombone were never more in evidence than on this stupendous effort... Johnson's smaller ensemble dates have stood the test of time as perhaps his best ever -- which is debatable, considering all his fine work, but First Place is indisputably brilliant".[5]

Track listing

All compositions by J. J. Johnson except where noted.

  1. "It's Only a Paper Moon" (Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg) - 5:01
  2. "Paul's Pal" (Sonny Rollins) - 4:04
  3. "For Heaven's Sake" (Elise Bretton, Sherman Edwards, Donald Meyer) – 3:02
  4. "Commutation" - 5:15
  5. "Harvey's House" - 2:59
  6. "That Tired Routine Called Love" (Matt Dennis) - 5:12
  7. "Be My Love" (Nicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn) - 3:00
  8. "Cry Me a River" (Arthur Hamilton) - 5:51
  9. "Nickels and Dimes" - 4:54
  • Recorded at Columbia Studios, Studio A, NYC on April 11, 1957 (tracks 2, 3, 5, 6 & 9), April 12, 1957 (tracks 1, 4 & 7) and at Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC on April 26, 1957 (track 8).

Personnel

References

  1. ^ Discogs album entry accessed July 18, 2016
  2. ^ Maz Roach Catalog, accessed July 18, 2016
  3. ^ Watts, R., Callahan, M., Edwards, D. and Eyries, P. Columbia Main Series, Part 6: CL 1000-1099 (1957-1958), accessed July 18, 2016
  4. ^ The Complete Columbia J.J. Johnson Small Group Sessions - Liner Notes, accessed July 18, 2016
  5. ^ a b Nastos, Michael G.. First Place – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
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