Al Grey: The Thinking Man’s Trombone (1960)

The Thinking Man's Trombone

Track list:

01. Salty Papa
02. Don’t Cry Baby
03. Stranded
04. Rompin’
05. King Bee
06. When I Fall In Love
07. Al-amo
08. Tenderly


Al Grey, Benny Powell – trombones
Joe Newman – trumpet
Billy Mitchell – tenor sax
Charlie Fowlkes – baritone sax
Eddie Higgins – piano
Freddie Green – guitar
Ed Jones – bass
Sonny Payne – drums

2nd trombone solos on Rompin’ and Al-amo are by Benny Powell

Recorded: Ter-Mar Recording Studios, Chicago; August 23,24,25, 1960
Released: 1961
Label: Argo

PYE Jazz NJL31

Supervision: Jack Tracy
Engineer: Ron Malo

Liner Notes: Jon Hendricks

Photography, Design: Don Bronstein

The Thinking Man's Trombone [PYE Jazz NJL31]


Argo Records was started in December of 1955 to accommodate some of the rapidly growing recording activity at Chess Records.

Originally the label was called Marterry, but bandleader Ralph Marterie objected, and within a couple of months the imprint was renamed Argo.

Argo become well known for its jazz offerings and jazz performers affiliated with the label included Ahmad Jamal, James Moody, King Fleming, Sonny Stitt and the Ramsey Lewis Trio.

Argo offered a variety of music, including pop, blues, and even calypso. Argo’s first big hit was by New Orleans performer Clarence “Frogman” Henry, whose classic “Ain’t Got No Home” came out in 1956.

By 1960, major rhythm and blues performers on the label included Etta James and The Dells.

Argo changed its name in 1965 to Cadet Records when the company discovered that an Argo Records already existed in the UK.


The last release on Cadet was in 1971.

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