Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
The post-World War II years have not been artistically kind to jazz trombonists. While a number of notable players have emerged (J. J. Johnson, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Watrous, et. al.), most have eventually sought refuge (usually a lucrative one) in New York, Hollywood and Las Vegas recording and pit orchestras.
Such has been the case with Urbie Green, who leads a quartet at Blues Alley through Saturday. Green made his reputation during the '50s, with Woody Herman and Benny Goodman. Since then, he has had a successful career as a New York studio musician.
Green, like most jazz musicians who labor in the studios, obviously welcome opportunities to play uncompromising jazz. Tuesday, he displayed his resourcefulness in a set that included Thelonious Monk's "Blue Monk," the evergreen, "Just Friends," the recent hit, "You Are So Beautiful," and a funky "Ode To Billy Joe." His deep sound, first-class facility and tasteful ideas were always in evidence.
Washingtonians Marc Cohen on piano, Steve Novosel on bass, and Bernard Sweetney on drums provided excellent support. Their warm-up included lovely versions of Kenny Korham's 'Blue Bossa," Ron Carter's "Little Waltz," and Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance."