Carl Fontana – The Great Fontana


Considering his ability and strong reputation, it is very surprising that this was trombonist Carl Fontana’s first recording date as a leader. Fifty-seven at the time, Fontana’s fluent horn matches well with tenor saxophonist Al Cohn, pianist Richard Wyands, bassist Ray Drummond, and drummer Akira Tana. The CD reissue of the Uptown release expands the original six-song program to ten. An excellent effort from an underrated but talented bop-based trombonist. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

-Carl Fontana, trombone
-Al Cohn, tenor saxophonist
-Richard Wyands, piano
-Ray Drummond, bass
-Akira Tana, drums
1. Shoutin’ on a Riff
2. It Might as Well Be Spring
3. Soon
4. I Thought About You
5. Showcase
6. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
7. Always
8. Expubident
9. What’s New?
10. America the Beautiful