VARIOUS ARTISTS / Lament Mixtape
“Lament” is an original jazz composition by trombonist/composer J.J. Johnson. He first recorded “Lament” in 1954 on a session with fellow trombonist Kai Winding and it has been a jazz standard ever since that first album.
James Louis Johnson was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 22, 1924 and died February 4, 2001. He is enshrined in jazz lore as the pioneer of bebop on his chosen instrument, the slide trombone. But after spending 17 years concentrating on composing for movies and television, Johnson might easily also be categorized as a composer with a long list of credits including the movies Across 110th Street, Cleopatra Jones, and Willie Dynamite, in addition to popular TV series such as Starsky & Hutch and The Six Million Dollar Man.
For now we focus on one composition, a beautiful ballad that sounds elegiac but not morose. The twelve versions on this Mixtape cover a range of moods including a beautifully sung interpretation by Mark Murphy. Perhaps the best know version is the Gil Evans arranged Miles Davis take from Miles Ahead. What is evident as one winds one’s way through these diverse recordings is that we all have a person or event that is sorely missed, something or more likely someone whose loss we dearly and deeply feel.
Consider these songs, paeans for loves lost, people whom we vividly see when we close our eyes and allow our minds to hurdle back to earlier times. In many, many ways this is solitude sounds—music for remembering.
—Kalamu ya Salaam
Lament Mixtape Playlist
01 Relaxed Piano Moods – Hazel Scott
02 Immersion – Jacques Schwarz-Bart
03 Invocation for Pepper – Alex Harding
04 Crossroads - Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band
05 Songs for a New Century – Jessica Williams
06 Jackson, Johnson, Brown & Company – Milt Jackson, J. J. Johnson and Ray Brown
07 Para Todos – Poncho Sanchez
08 J.J. - The Music Of J.J. Johnson - Ron Kischuk & The Masters Of Music Trombones
09 Miles Ahead – Miles Davis
10 Laid Back – Kenny Burrell
11 Song For The Geese – Mark Murphy
12 Tootie's Tempo – Tete Montoliu
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