Side by Side

Side by Side

by Duke Ellington

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Side by Side

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/2010
Label: Essential Jazz Class
UPC: 8436028694594
catalogNumber: 2869459
Rank: 96542

Tracks

  1. Stompy Jones
  2. Squeeze Me
  3. Big Shoe
  4. Going Up
  5. Just A Memory
  6. Let's Fall In Love
  7. Ruint
  8. Bend One
  9. You Need To Rock
  10. MHR
  11. Three And Six
  12. Not So Dukish
  13. Central Park Swing
  14. Preacher Blues
  15. The Last Time I Saw Paris

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