Trombone Panorama was the first of several albums Kai Winding was to cut during the mid-'50s and early 1960s where he was joined by a shifting cast of fellow trombone players. Here he is joined by Wayne Andre, Carl Fontana, and Dick Lieb plus rhythm. The flowing seamless technique employed by these top slide-instrument artists resulted in a graceful, mellifluous sound that gave these recordings a chamber jazz feel, especially on such slow-paced tunes as "My Little Girl." At the same time, there was no reluctance to swing mightily when it came to "Blue Room," where the use of mutes gives this oldie a sharp edge. "Nutcracker" is the jam session cut on the album where everyone gets a chance to solo, with the piano of Roy Frazee getting in some good licks. Winding was a leader in adaptation of the trombone to bop, while still keeping one leg firmly in the swing era. This album does nothing whatsoever to tarnish his reputation in that regard. This album has been reissued on CD with Trombone for Two, a joint undertaking by Winding and J.J. Johnson. ~ Dave Nathan
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