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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Storyville Records
  • UPC: 717101851027
  • Catalog Number: 1018510
  • Sales rank: 70,223

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Hodges Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Victor Feldman Piano
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Ray Nance Trumpet
Rex Stewart Trumpet
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Bell Bass
Tyree Glenn Trombone
Lou Levy Piano
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Sonny Greer Drums
Harold Baker Trumpet
Harry Carney Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Duke Ellington Piano
Fred Guy Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill Trumpet
Gus Johnson Drums
Al Killian Trumpet
Wendell Marshall Bass
Wilfred Middlebrooks Bass
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Juan Tizol Trombone
Sam Woodyard Drums
Wallace Jones Trumpet
Oett "Sax" Mallard Alto Saxophone
Francis Williams Trumpet
Lawrence D. Brown Trombone
Joseph Nanton Trombone
Technical Credits
Johnny Hodges Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Chris Albertson Liner Notes, Biographical Information
Duke Ellington Composer
Hans Nielsen Engineer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
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