The Jeep Is Jumpin' [Proper]

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
With or without Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges was always an elemental Ellingtonian, for Hodges' tone and technique were essential components of the Ellington sound and style. Released in 2003 as Proper Box 58, The Jeep Is Jumpin' samples the saxophonist's studio output during the years 1937-1956. After a tour of Hodges' first sessions as a leader and a well-rounded sampling of his best recordings from the '40s, Proper samples his Parisian Vogue sessions of 1950, and closes the set with 20 neatly executed studies in early modern mainstream jazz overseen by producer Norman Granz. 14 of the 95 tracks feature vocalists from the late '30s, and most of these occur on the first ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
With or without Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges was always an elemental Ellingtonian, for Hodges' tone and technique were essential components of the Ellington sound and style. Released in 2003 as Proper Box 58, The Jeep Is Jumpin' samples the saxophonist's studio output during the years 1937-1956. After a tour of Hodges' first sessions as a leader and a well-rounded sampling of his best recordings from the '40s, Proper samples his Parisian Vogue sessions of 1950, and closes the set with 20 neatly executed studies in early modern mainstream jazz overseen by producer Norman Granz. 14 of the 95 tracks feature vocalists from the late '30s, and most of these occur on the first disc. While the period pop tunes sung by Buddy Clark, Mary McHugh, Leon La Fell, and Jean Eldridge constitute valuable evidence of the saxophonist's skill as an accompanist, this collection's instrumental tracks really illuminate his unparalleled genius as composer, interpreter, balladeer and improviser. Beginning with "Wanderlust" December 1938, Hodges' personality begins to manifest ever more profoundly, and the plot thickens during the 1939 stratum at the beginning of Disc Two, with the arrival of Billy Strayhorn and bassist Jimmy Blanton. "Finesse Night Wind" and "You're Driving Me Crazy" are fairly uncommon instances of Hodges accompanied only by bass and piano. "Good Queen Bess" and "That's the Blues, Old Man" are distillations of his personality and temperament, while "Passion Flower" and "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing" epitomize the kind of lushly sensuous music that Strayhorn wrote with him in mind. In 1947, Hodges cut a series of excellent records for the Sunrise and Mercer labels, including his masterpiece "A Little Taste" and "Let the Zoomers Drool," a zoomer being postwar slang for a mooch. There are 14 examples on this collection of music recorded in Paris during the spring and early summer of 1950 by Hodges and a group of Ellingtonians, with tenor saxophonist Don Byas sitting in on "Jump That's All," "Last Leg Blues," "Nix It Mix It," and "Time on My Hands." The other tenor who pops up throughout the second half of the set is Al Sears, who is featured on "Searsy's Blues" and the punchy "Castle Rock." The last 20 tracks in this collection were cut in New York during 1951-1956 under the supervision of Norman Granz, and in many cases feature the trumpet of Emmett Berry. Here Hodges had a chance to stretch out and do his own thing at some distance from Ellington's immediate orbit. The combination of late-'30s material, strong choices from the '40s, highlights from Hodges' visit to Paris in 1950, and the cream of his early Norman Granz sessions places this set among the best of the Johnny Hodges collections, and well among the strongest entries in the Proper catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520020589
  • Catalog Number: 58

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Foolin' Myself (2:59)
  2. 2 A Sailboat in the Moonlight (3:05)
  3. 3 You'll Never Go to Heaven (2:28)
  4. 4 Peckin' (3:09)
  5. 5 My Day (3:03)
  6. 6 Slivery Moon and Golden Sands (3:15)
  7. 7 Jeep's Blues (2:55)
  8. 8 If You Were in My Place (What Would You Do?) (2:57)
  9. 9 I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (3:03)
  10. 10 Rendezvous With Rhythm (3:01)
  11. 11 You Walked Out of the Picture (2:48)
  12. 12 Pyramid (2:51)
  13. 13 Empty Ballroom Blues (2:27)
  14. 14 Lost in Meditation (2:42)
  15. 15 A Blues Serenade (2:41)
  16. 16 Love in Swingtime (2:49)
  17. 17 Swingin' in the Dell (2:35)
  18. 18 Jitterbug's Lullaby (3:00)
  19. 19 Prelude to a Kiss (2:42)
  20. 20 There's Something About an Old Love (2:43)
  21. 21 The Old Jeep Is Jumpin' (2:28)
  22. 22 Krum Elbow Blues (2:35)
  23. 23 I'm in Another World (3:03)
  24. 24 Hodge Podge (2:36)
  25. 25 Dancing on the Stars (2:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Wanderlust (3:02)
  2. 2 Like a Ship in the Night (2:40)
  3. 3 Mississippi Dreamboat (2:39)
  4. 4 Swingin' on the Campus (2:41)
  5. 5 Dooji Wooji (2:58)
  6. 6 Savoy Strut (2:33)
  7. 7 Rent Party Blues (2:42)
  8. 8 Good Gal Blues (3:01)
  9. 9 Finesse (2:44)
  10. 10 Home Town Blues (2:43)
  11. 11 Dream Blues (3:04)
  12. 12 Skunk Hollow Blues (2:41)
  13. 13 I Know What You Do (2:43)
  14. 14 Your Love Has Faded (2:49)
  15. 15 Tired Socks (2:49)
  16. 16 Good Queen Bess (3:04)
  17. 17 That's the Blues, Old Man (2:59)
  18. 18 Junior Hop (3:11)
  19. 19 Squatty Roo (2:28)
  20. 20 Passion Flower (3:13)
  21. 21 Things Ain't What They Used to Be (3:43)
  22. 22 Goin' Out the Back Way (2:46)
  23. 23 You're Driving Me Crazy (2:52)
  24. 24 Who Struck John? (2:47)
Disc 3
  1. 1 It Shouldn't Happen to a Dream (3:00)
  2. 2 June's Jumpin' (2:43)
  3. 3 Violet Blue (3:00)
  4. 4 A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing (2:47)
  5. 5 Frisky (2:42)
  6. 6 Longhorn Blues (2:47)
  7. 7 Far Away Blues (2:44)
  8. 8 Searsy's Blues (2:40)
  9. 9 A Little Taste (3:03)
  10. 10 Let the Zoomers Drool (2:54)
  11. 11 Charlotte Russe (Lotus Blossom) (3:05)
  12. 12 Jump, That's All (3:03)
  13. 13 Last Legs Blues, Pt. 1 (3:04)
  14. 14 Last Legs Blues, Pt. 2 (2:58)
  15. 15 Nix It, Mix It (3:17)
  16. 16 Time on My Hands (3:17)
  17. 17 Get That Geet (3:17)
  18. 18 That's Grand (3:23)
  19. 19 Skip It (3:23)
  20. 20 Perdido (3:08)
  21. 21 In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (3:39)
  22. 22 Mood Indigo (3:50)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Sweet Lorraine (3:15)
  2. 2 Bean Bag Boogie (3:10)
  3. 3 Hop, Skip and Jump (2:30)
  4. 4 Rabbit's Blues (You Blew Out the Flame in My Heart) (3:34)
  5. 5 Something to Pat Your Foot To (2:51)
  6. 6 Blue Fantasia (3:12)
  7. 7 My Reward (3:11)
  8. 8 Good Queen Bess (3:03)
  9. 9 Jeep's Blues (2:57)
  10. 10 Solitude (2:54)
  11. 11 The Jeep Is Jumpin' (2:48)
  12. 12 Castle Rock (2:51)
  13. 13 Sophisticated Lady (3:09)
  14. 14 Globe Trotter (3:04)
  15. 15 A Gentle Breeze (3:14)
  16. 16 Sideways (3:02)
  17. 17 A Pound of Blues (3:09)
  18. 18 Wham (3:02)
  19. 19 Who Excited? (3:04)
  20. 20 Sweeping the Blues Away (3:18)
  21. 21 Day Dream (3:19)
  22. 22 Standing Room Only (2:48)
  23. 23 Below the Azores (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Hodges Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ray Nance Trumpet
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Raymond Fol Piano
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Al McKibbon Bass
Jimmy Blanton Bass
Sonny Greer Drums
Hayes Alvis Bass
Harold Baker Trumpet
Butch Ballard Drums
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Barney Bigard Clarinet
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney Baritone Saxophone
Duke Ellington Piano
Jean Eldridge Vocals
Fred Guy Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet
Jimmy Jones Piano
Leon LaFell Vocals
Leroy Lovett Piano
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall Drums
Wendell Marshall Bass
Mary McHugh Vocals
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Wilbur De Paris Drums
Nelson Williams Trumpet
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Otto Hardwick Alto Saxophone
Buddy Clark Vocals
Technical Credits
Mercer Ellington Composer
Johnny Hodges Composer
Harry James Composer
Ben Pollack Composer
Al Sears Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Mary Lou Williams Composer
Harold Baker Composer
Barney Bigard Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Jimmy Hamilton Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Eddie Lambert Composer
John Latouche Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Leroy Lovett Composer
Jimmy Lytell Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer
Lou Singer Composer
Billy Strayhorn Arranger, Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
J. Little Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Irving Gordon Composer
Henry Nemo Composer
Don George Composer
H.J. Lengsfelder Composer
Clifford R. Burwell Composer
Ralph Freed Composer
Ted Persons Composer
Peter Tinturin Composer
Harry Tobias Composer
Egbert VanAlstyne Composer
John Jacob Loeb Composer
Stephen Richards Composer
Lester Santly Composer
Lupin Fein Composer
Joop Visser Producer
Harry Williams Composer
Vincent Grande Composer
John Redmond Composer
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