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Morning Song – Groovin’

July 22, 2017

You know “that guy“?

He’s the movie actor who’s never the star, but always good at what he does. He makes the star look better and the whole film go better…but you can’t remember his name.

Well, in the early 1950s trombonist J. J. Johnson—you know, that guy who played with Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, etc.—put together a quintet full of “that guys”: Hank Mobley on tenor, Horace Silver on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums.

And yes, they sound about as fabulous as you might imagine. Here they are in 1954 on Johnson’s “Groovin'”—13 years earlier and about 8 times sexier than The Rascals’ 1967 pop hit of the same title.

Enjoy.

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