The “Golden Hits Of The 60s” 

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Verve 10295

No. 8    August 24, 1963




Winding blew into the States in 1934.   Born Kai Chresten Wilding on May 5, 1922 and raised in

Aarhus, Denmark, Kai taught himself how to play the trombone during high school.   At 18, Kai

joined Shorty Allen’s band.    Throughout the ’40s, Winding worked the big band scene, playing and

recording with Alvino Ray, Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton.    During the ’50s, he appeared at

Broadway jazz clubs, played with Charlie Parker, Charlie Ventura, Miles Davis and formed various

units with tip-top trombonist J.J. Johnson.    Kai was in his artistic prime, winning   various jazz polls,

traveling the world, and producing records.


In 1962, Kai Winding was appointed musical director of the Playboy Club in New York City.   Around

this time, he started messing with mixing electronic instruments and more traditional ones.   His More

and Mondo Cane #2 albums sold well; the title track from the former LP was Kai’s lone pop hit.   The

tune was the theme from Mondo Cane (1963), an Italian documentary about some of the shocking

peculiarities of Man.    The beat and sound of “More” were just right for those young listeners still

hungry for something that would remind them of THE TORNADOES’ “Telstar.”


In the ’70s, Kai lead, co-lead, or sided with various units, including the Giants Of Jazz with Dizzy

Gillespie, Giant Bones with Curtis Fuller, and Lionel Hampton’s All-Star Big Band.   As the world moved

into the ’80s, Wilding slide into semi­-retirement; playing only when the urge hit.


Living in Spain, Kai Winding died on May 6, 1983.