Masters of Jazz

Masters of Jazz

by Johnny HodgesJohnny Hodges




Johnny Hodges is forever associated with Duke Ellington as one of his principle soloists, though he recorded extensively as a bandleader himself beginning in the '50s. This compilation draws from earlier Storyville releases, including a number of features for the alto saxophonist with Ellington, highlighted by "All of Me" and "Jeep's Blues." But the bulk of this CD contains all ten tracks of Hodges' earlier disc, Masters of Jazz, Vol. 9, which features the saxophonist leading two separate groups of all-stars in club settings. Six tracks come from a 1960 set at The Cellar in San Francisco, with Ben Webster providing a perfect foil for Hodges, all originals by the leader. Four selections come from a Norman Granz-sponsored European tour in 1961, where Hodges led a group of fellow Ellington veterans (Harry Carney, Ray Nance, Lawrence Brown, Aaron Bell and Sam Woodyard, with pianist Al Williams). Hodges' swinging take of "On the Sunny Side of the Street" is brilliant, with the other horn providing lush background and soft rifts for the soloist. In addition to Hodges, Brown also solos in both "Good Queen Bess" and a rousing "Things Ain't What They Used to Be." Highly recommended!

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2006
Label: Storyville Records
UPC: 0717101851027
catalogNumber: 1018510

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Hodges   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Victor Feldman   Piano
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Rex Stewart   Trumpet
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Bell   Bass
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Lou Levy   Piano
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Sonny Greer   Drums
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Harry Carney   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
Duke Ellington   Piano
Fred Guy   Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton   Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Gus Johnson   Drums
Killian   Trumpet
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Wilfred Middlebrooks   Bass
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Juan Tizol   Trombone
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Wallace Jones   Trumpet
Oett "Sax" Mallard   Alto Saxophone
Francis Williams   Trumpet
Joseph Nanton   Trombone

Technical Credits

Johnny Hodges   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Chris Albertson   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Duke Ellington   Composer
Hans Nielsen   Engineer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer

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