Side by Side

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Topping off a wealth of full-band recordings, the various stars of Ellington's great outfit recorded many combo sides under their own names. And while not on the same sophisticated level of classic Ellingtonia, the late-'30s material cut by Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, and Rex Stewart is packed with tasty solo work and some of the finest examples of early small-group swing. These later examples from 1958-1959 feature Hodges backed by both Ellington and Billy Strayhorn on piano and such non-Duke luminaries as Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and Jo Jones. Like its companion album, Back to Back, Side by Side has a loose, jam session feel, with all the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Topping off a wealth of full-band recordings, the various stars of Ellington's great outfit recorded many combo sides under their own names. And while not on the same sophisticated level of classic Ellingtonia, the late-'30s material cut by Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, and Rex Stewart is packed with tasty solo work and some of the finest examples of early small-group swing. These later examples from 1958-1959 feature Hodges backed by both Ellington and Billy Strayhorn on piano and such non-Duke luminaries as Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and Jo Jones. Like its companion album, Back to Back, Side by Side has a loose, jam session feel, with all the soloists stretching out. Hodges is in top form throughout, while Edison and Webster man their spots just fine. Highlights include the sveltely swinging "Going Up" and Hodges' bluesy closer, "You Need to Rock." A must for fans of vintage combo swing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1999
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452140524
  • Catalog Number: 521405
  • Sales rank: 103,641

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stompy Jones (6:38)
  2. 2 Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) (4:36)
  3. 3 Big Shoe (5:37)
  4. 4 Ruint (2:32)
  5. 5 Bend One (2:59)
  6. 6 You Need to Rock (5:52)
  7. 7 Just a Memory (5:53)
  8. 8 Let's Fall in Love (6:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist, Piano, Track Performer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Jo Jones Drums
Les Spann Flute, Guitar
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Al Hall Bass
Wendell Marshall Bass
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Norman Granz Producer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
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