Lawrence Brown – Slide Trombone (1955/1999)

Lawrence Brown - Slide Trombone (1955/1999)
Artist: Lawrence Brown
Album: Slide Trombone
Genre: Mainstream Jazz, Standards
Origin: USA
Released: 1955/1999
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Rose Of The Rio Grande (3:57)
Caravan (6:01)
Down The Street, ‘Round The Corner Blues (4:21)
Where Or When (3:22)
Just One Of Those Things (5:41)
Ill Wind (3:56)
You Took Advantage Of Me (3:07)
Blues For Duke (7:20)
Just As Though You Were Here (3:49)
Autumn In New York (4:48)
Time After Time (4:55)
For All We Know (4:22)


Lawrence Brown played trombone off and on with Duke Ellington’s orchestra for nearly 40 years. Surprisingly, he only led two albums of his own in his entire career, a set for Impulse in 1965, and this album for Clef (now Verve). Heard either as part of a quintet with tenor saxophonist Sam “The Man” Taylor or with a nonet that includes tenor saxophonist Al Cohn and pianist Hank Jones, Brown is in excellent form on the reissue. The music (not too shockingly) often sounds as if it were an Ellington small group, including such numbers as Brown’s longtime feature “Rose of the Rio Grande,” “Caravan,” “You Took Advantage of Me,” and “Blues for Duke.” The original LP program is joined by two previously unreleased performances (“Time After Time” and “For All We Know”). Excellent mainstream swing of the 1950s.
Review by Scott Yanow