And The Ellington Men 1956-1957 (3 LPs on 2 CDs)
  • Verve MGV-8155 Verve MGV-8155
  • Verve MGV-8203 Verve MGV-8203
  • Verve MGV-8271 Verve MGV-8271
  • Johnny Hodges Johnny Hodges

Johnny Hodges

And The Ellington Men 1956-1957 (3 LPs on 2 CDs)

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Ray Nance (tp), Lawrence Brown (tb), Johnny Hodges (as), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Harry Carney (bs), Billy Strayhorn (p), Jimmy Woode (b), Sam Woodyard (d)

Reference: FSRCD 573_2

Includes a 16-page booklet with recording details, extensive notes and rare photos.


The music here defies fad and fashion. Johnny Hodges and his alto sax speak with trademark elegance and eloquencepart and parcel of having been with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in its most celebrated days.

The sides included come from three of Hodges classic albums: Ellingtonia 56, Dukes in Bed and The Big Sound, and the formations range from large combo units to the full-fledged Ellington band (without Duke). Rich, rocking, blue-boned relaxation is the mood, and this set of Hodges-guided numbers is full of his inimitable swing and ever present touches of warmth and humour.


Tracklisting:

CD 1
01. Hi Ya (3:09)
02. Snibor (7:15)
03. Texas Blues (11:46)
04. Im Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (3:28)
05. A-Oodie-Oobie (3:31)
06. Meet Mr. Rabbit (7:14)
07. Dukes in Bed (2:53)
08. Just Squeeze Me (3:06)
09. Ballad for Very Tired and Very Sad Lotus Eaters (3:21)
10. Confab with Rab (3:16)
11. It Had to Be You (3:06)
12. Black and Tan Fantasy (6:18)
13. Take the A Train (8:03)

CD 2
01. The Happy One (2:51)
02. Night Walk (3:13)
03. You Got It Coming (6:01)
04. Dukes Jam (6:24)
05. Little Rabbit Blues (9:22)
06. Johnny Comes Lately (2:26)
07. Gone and Crazy (3:12)
08. Fast Segdoh (3:26)
09. Dont Call Me, Ill Call You (3:27)
10. An Ordinary Thing (3:19)
11. Waiting for Duke (3:57)
12. Dust Bowl (4:24)
13. Early Morning Rock (3:33)
14. Viscount (2:27)
15. Digits (4:17)
16. Bouquet of Roses (3:21)

Total time: 131 min.


CD 1, tracks #1-4 & CD 2, #1-4 from the album:
"Ellingtonia '56" (Verve MGV-8155)

CD 1, tracks #5-13 from the album:
"Duke's in Bed" (Verve MGV-8203)

CD 2, tracks #5-16 from the album:
"The Big Sound" (Verve MGV-8271)



Personnel on CD 1:

Johnny Hodges Octet (#1-4)
Ray Nance (tp), Lawrence Brown (tb), Johnny Hodges (as), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Harry Carney (bs), Billy Strayhorn (p), Jimmy Woode (b) and Sam Woodyard (d). Recorded in New York City, on January 11, 1956.

Johnny Hodges Nonet (#5-13)
Ray Nance (tp, vln, vcl), Clark Terry (tp), Quentin Jackson (tb), Johnny Hodges (as), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Harry Carney (bs), Billy Strayhorn (p), Jimmy Woode (b) and Sam Woodyard (d). Recorded in New York City, on September 1, 1956.

Personnel on CD 2:

Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra (#1-4)
Willie Cook, Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Harold 'Shorty' Baker (tp), Quentin Jackson, John Sanders, Britt Woodman (tb), Johnny Hodges (as), Russell Procope (cl, as), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bs), Billy Strayhorn (p), Jimmy Woode (b) and Sam Woodyard (d). Recorded in New York City, on January 12, 1956.

Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra (#5-8)
Ray Nance, Clark Terry (tp), Quentin Jackson, John Sanders, Britt Woodman (tb), Johnny Hodges (as), Russell Procope (cl, as), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Harry Carney (bs), Billy Strayhorn (p), Jimmy Woode (b) and Sam Woodyard (d). Recorded in New York City, on June 26, 1957.

Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra (#9-12)
Willie Cook, Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Harold 'Shorty' Baker (tp), Quentin Jackson, John Sanders, Britt Woodman (tb), Johnny Hodges (as), Russell Procope (cl, as), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bs), Billy Strayhorn (p), Jimmy Woode (b) and Sam Woodyard (d). Recorded in New York City, on September 3, 1957.

Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra (#13-16)
Ray Nance (tp, vln), Clark Terry, Harold 'Shorty' Baker (tp), Quentin Jackson, John Sanders, Britt Woodman (tb), Johnny Hodges (as), Russell Procope (cl, as), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bs), Billy Strayhorn (p), Jimmy Woode (b) and Sam Woodyard (d). Recorded in New York City, on September 3, 1957.


Original recordings produced by Norman Granz.
This compilation produced by Jordi Pujol.


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Notes:

"No surprises, but the sessions were as good as one might hope. Gathered here was the Ellington band with Billy Strayhorn at the piano. While it was not an Ellington record, the band brought its solid qualities in backing and the occasional solo to all the fine Hodges features. This was an integrated unit, not some detached studio band for Hodges to blow over, under, around, and through. It was wonderful Hodges and fine Ellington."

Bob Rush -Cadence



"As Duke Ellington's altoist during 1928-51 and 1955-70, Johnny Hodges became world famous and beloved by jazz fans. His luscious tone and melodic style on ballads, blues and swing tunes was highly influential, making him the top altoist (along with Benny Carter) before the rise of Charlie Parker. Hodges led quite a few sessions of his own along the way,. During 1951-55 broke away from Ellington to lead his own combo, before returning for another 15 years.

While Mosaic previously released Hodges' solo recordings of the 1950s on two box sets, those are long out of print. Fresh Sound has come out with four reissues dating from that era. The two-CD set Johnny Hodges And The Ellington Men (FSR 573) has music from three Hodges albums: Ellingtonia '56, Duke's In Bed and The Big Sound. Hodges is heard with small groups and on a full album leading the Ellington Orchestra (with Strayhorn on piano). Not too surprisingly, many of the songs are from the Ellington book although there are also a fair number of heated riff pieces."

Scott Yanow -Los Angeles Jazz Scene (May, 2010)

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