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Masters of Jazz [Johnny Hodges]

  • 1. Don't Get Around Much Anymore - (live)
    2. Passion Flower - (live)
    3. Perdido
    4. All of Me
    5. C Jam Blues
    6. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
    7. In a Mellotone
    8. Cambridge Blues
    9. Brute's Roots
    10. Bouncing with Ben
    11. One for the Duke
    12. Walkin' the Frog
    13. Rabbit Pie
    14. On the Sunny Side of the Street
    15. Good Queen Bess
    16. Jeep Is Jumpin', The
    17. Things Ain't What They Used to Be
    18. Jeep's Blues
    19. Dooji Wooji
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8510

  • Credits
    EngineerHans Nielsen

    Personnel: Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Herb Ellis, Fred Guy (guitar); Russell Procope (clarinet, alto saxophone); Harry Carney (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Oett "Sax" Mallard (alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton, John Coltrane, Paul Gonsalves, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Harold Baker, Al Killian, Ray Nance, Rex Stewart, Shelton Hemphill, Francis Williams , Wallace Jones, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Joseph Nanton, Lawrence D. Brown, Juan Tizol, Quentin Jackson, Tyree Glenn (trombone); Victor Feldman, Duke Ellington, Lou Levy, Billy Strayhorn (piano); Gus Johnson , Sam Woodyard, Sonny Greer (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Chris Albertson.
    Recording information: Columbia, OH (04/03/1943-08/27/1964); Stockholm, Sweden (04/03/1943-08/27/1964); The Hollywood Empire, Los Angeles, CA (04/03/1943-08/27/1964); The Hurricane, NY (04/03/1943-08/27/1964); The Jazz Venter, San Francisco, CA (04/03/1943-08/27/1964).
    Johnny Hodges is forever associated with Duke Ellington as one of his principle soloists, though he recorded extensively as a bandleader himself beginning in the '50s. This compilation draws from earlier Storyville releases, including a number of features for the alto saxophonist with Ellington, highlighted by "All of Me" and "Jeep's Blues." But the bulk of this CD contains all ten tracks of Hodges' earlier disc, Masters of Jazz, Vol. 9, which features the saxophonist leading two separate groups of all-stars in club settings. Six tracks come from a 1960 set at The Cellar in San Francisco, with Ben Webster providing a perfect foil for Hodges, all originals by the leader. Four selections come from a Norman Granz-sponsored European tour in 1961, where Hodges led a group of fellow Ellington veterans (Harry Carney, Ray Nance, Lawrence Brown, Aaron Bell and Sam Woodyard, with pianist Al Williams). Hodges' swinging take of "On the Sunny Side of the Street" is brilliant, with the other horn providing lush background and soft rifts for the soloist. In addition to Hodges, Brown also solos in both "Good Queen Bess" and a rousing "Things Ain't What They Used to Be." Highly recommended! ~ Ken Dryden

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