Jazz Record Story

Jazz Record Story

by Art Hodes


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Although very rarely ever mentioned in the jazz history books, Art Hodes had one of the very first record companies to be owned by a jazz artist. His Jazz label came out with 22 selections from five recording sessions during the 1940-1947 period, all featuring Hodes in a variety of settings. This 1991 CD reissues all of the music. Strangely enough, the recordings are juggled a bit, and the exact dates (and which songs match which personnel list) are not given. However, all of the music is here, including six piano solos, four band numbers from 1940 (a quintet with trumpeter Duke DuVal, trombonist George Brunies, clarinetist Rod Cless, and drummer Joe Grauso), eight selections with a 1946 sextet (which includes trumpeter Henry Goodwin, trombonist George Lugg, clarinetist Cecil Scott, bassist Pops Foster, and drummer Kaiser Marshall) and four songs with a trio that includes Foster and drummer Baby Dodds. The recording quality is a little shaky in the earliest performances but the joy of the music comes through. In addition to some Dixieland standards, there are a generous number of blues and '20s tunes such as "You've Got to Give Me Some," "The Mooche," "Too Busy," "Droppin' Shucks," and several Jelly Roll Morton tunes. A historically important release, the music on this CD does not duplicate any of Hodes' many Blue Note sessions from the period.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/1994
Label: Jazzology
UPC: 0762247608226
catalogNumber: 82
Rank: 245830

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Art Hodes   Primary Artist,Piano
Baby Dodds   Drums
Georg Brunis   Trombone
Rod Cless   Clarinet
Pops Foster   Bass
Cecil Scott   Clarinet
George Lugg   Trombone
Henry Goodwin   Trumpet
Joe Grauso   Drums
Joseph Marshall   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Art Hodes   Liner Notes
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
George H. Buck   Liner Notes
Benjamin Franklin Spikes   Composer
John Spikes   Composer
Fred B. Callahan   Composer

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