Born: July 18, 1928 | Died: October 9, 2003 Primary Instrument: Trombone
It is an odd fact that all the really outstanding jazz trombonists were very low on ego. Carl Fontana, perhaps the most gifted player of his time, certainly was. He played potent and dazzling music in such a facile way that it was rather like Leonardo da Vinci sawing off a length of picture on demand.
Fontana first surfaced in 1951. The Woody Herman band was playing at the Blue Room in New Orleans when its virtuoso trombone soloist Urbie Green had to return to New York for three weeks when his wife gave birth. A young local musician hired as a temporary replacement arrived in the band room. Can I help you? asked the tenor player Dick Hafer. I'm here to replace Urbie Green, said Fontana. You're here to replace Urbie Green? repeated Hafer, as the band musicians roared with sardonic laughter....
Song Of The Islands
Various - Jazz West Coast, Volume 2 (LP, Album, Mono) Pacific Jazz Records 1956
Cuban Fire! (LP) Capitol Records 1956
Thunderbird (LP, Mono) His Master's Voice 1966
World's Greatest Jazzband,
Project 3 Total Sound 1969
The Jazz Compositions Of Stan Kenton 1970
Salt Peanuts Pausa Records 1984
The Man I Love
Bill Holman - In A Jazz Orbit 1987
Stan Kenton In Hi Fi Capitol Records 1992
On Stage Pacific Jazz Records 1992
The Herald Angels Sing (as K. Fontana) 1994
I Swing For You Lone Hill Jazz 2006
The Greatest Jazz Hits Verve Records 2006
The Greatest Jazz Hits (12") Verve Records 2008
The Great Kai Winding Sound Columbia
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