KAI WINDING

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Kai Winding (May 18, 1922-May 6, 1983) was a popular Danish trombonist and jazz composer. He is well known for playing and recording with J. J. Johnson.

Winding was born in Aarhus, Denmark. In 1934 his family emigrated to the United States. He graduated in 1940 from Stuyvesant High School in New York City. His career as a professional trombonist began in 1940 with Shorty Allen's band. After the war, Winding joined Benny Goodman's band and later moved on to Stan Kenton's orchestra. In 1950 he joined forces with J. J. Johnson to produce a highly successful series of trombone duet recordings. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL.
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Imports 2015
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Jazzplus: Soul Surfin’ + Mondo Cane, No. 2Jazzplus: Soul Surfin’ + Mondo Cane, No. 2
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Trombone for Two / The Trombone SoundTrombone for Two / The Trombone Sound
Collectables 2001
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KAI WINDING K + J.J. (aka Nuf Said aka East Coast Jazz Series No. 7 aka The Finest Of K & JJ aka Kai & Jay!) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
K + J.J. (aka Nuf Said aka East Coast Jazz Series No. 7 aka The Finest Of K & JJ aka Kai & Jay!)
Bop 1955
KAI WINDING The Trombone Sound album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Trombone Sound
Bop 1956
KAI WINDING Trombone Panorama album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trombone Panorama
Bop 1956
KAI WINDING Kai and Jay, Bennie Green With Strings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kai and Jay, Bennie Green With Strings
Bop 1956
KAI WINDING The Swingin' States album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Swingin' States
Bop 1958
KAI WINDING Dance to the City Beat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dance to the City Beat
Bop 1959
KAI WINDING The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones
Bop 1961
KAI WINDING The Great Kai & J. J. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Great Kai & J. J.
Bop 1961
KAI WINDING The Great Kai Winding Sound album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Great Kai Winding Sound
Bop 1962
KAI WINDING Suspense Themes In Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Suspense Themes In Jazz
Bop 1962
KAI WINDING Solo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solo
Bop 1963
KAI WINDING Soul Surfin (aka !!! More !!! (Theme From Mondo Cane)) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Soul Surfin (aka !!! More !!! (Theme From Mondo Cane))
Exotica 1963
KAI WINDING Kai Winding album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kai Winding
Bop 1963
KAI WINDING Mondo Cane #2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mondo Cane #2
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1963
KAI WINDING Modern Country album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Modern Country
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1964
KAI WINDING Rainy Day album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rainy Day
Bop 1965
KAI WINDING Dirty Dog album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dirty Dog
Bop 1966
KAI WINDING More Brass album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
More Brass
Bop 1966
KAI WINDING The In Instrumentals album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The In Instrumentals
Bop 1966
KAI WINDING Penny Lane and Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Penny Lane and Time
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1967
KAI WINDING Israel album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Israel
Bop 1968
KAI WINDING Caravan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Caravan
Bop 1974
KAI WINDING Danish Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Danish Blue
Bop 1974
KAI WINDING Bone Appétit : The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions (with Curtis Fuller) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bone Appétit : The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions (with Curtis Fuller)
Bop 1980

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KAI WINDING Kai Winding Sextet / J. J. Johnson Sextet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kai Winding Sextet / J. J. Johnson Sextet
Bop 1957

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KAI WINDING An Afternoon at Birdland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
An Afternoon at Birdland
Bop 1955

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KAI WINDING The Sound of Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sound of Jazz
Bop 1988
KAI WINDING Jazz Showcase album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Showcase
Bop 1994
KAI WINDING Jazz for Playboys album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz for Playboys
Bop 2008
KAI WINDING Soul Surfin' / Mondo Cane #2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Surfin' / Mondo Cane #2
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2012
KAI WINDING Solo + Kai Ole album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solo + Kai Ole
Bop 2017
KAI WINDING Stay Around album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stay Around
Bop 2019

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KAI WINDING Soul Surfin (aka !!! More !!! (Theme From Mondo Cane))

Album · 1963 · Exotica
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Kai Winding was one of the best be-bop trombonists of the 1940s and 50s, playing with top notch bands like Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton, and cutting some highly acclaimed trombone duets with J.J. Johnson. Flash forward to the late 50s and bop wasn’t paying the bills anymore so Kai started turning more to pop offerings to make ends meet. In 1963 Kai released “Soul Surfin”, a fairly successful pop/rock-n-roll record that spawned a major hit with “More” from the movie “Mondo Cane”. You could call this a ‘rock’ record, but its orchestrated rock, more in line with pop big bands like Quincy Jones and Henry Mancicni, not the harder street sounds of Link Wray or Dick Dale. Needless to say, to modern ears this is not so much a rock record as it fits much more with what has been dubbed exotica or lounge music. It’s the sound of the swingin 60s in a suburbia styleee. The album title implies that Kai is mixing surf music and soul jazz on here, and that’s partially true, but that blend is somewhat filtered through an orchestrated easy listening format. Some of the tunes rock, but its not a teenager’s rock, instead, its rock for the double martini business lunch crowd and Las Vegas lounge sharks.

Kai is not the only big jazz star on here, the great Kenny Burrell is also on hand supplying all the requisite surf guitar licks and doing his best to channel Duane Eddy, and maybe its no big surprise that Kenny is great at this sort of thing. One of the biggest pluses on here is the production, the early 60s was the glory days of “hi-fidelity”, and this album still sounds great. Just the right amount of reverb makes everything sound massive, especially the trombone section. The best cuts on here include the one’s where they get creative with the orchestrations, sometimes adding a Ondoline to the mix. The Ondoline, much like the Ondes Martenot, is a French pre-synthesizer keyboard that sounds a bit like a theremin. Exotica collectors will want to check out, “China Nights”, “Surf Bird”, “Spinner” and “Hearse Ride”, all of which include creative orchestrations. The downside of this album are some songs that have been recorded way too many times, including; “Pipeline”, “Sukiyaki” and “More”. As is typical with these albums, the one ‘almost jazz’ cut comes at the end when they play a somewhat surf version of Herbie Mann’s “Comin Home Baby”, with short solos for both Kai and Kenny. Jazz fans and admirers of Winding’s bop skills will want to stay clear of this record, but the fans of the space-age bachelor pad vibe will find a lot to like on “Soul Surfin”.

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