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Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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The most swinging hour of your life !
Eddie Landsberg | Tokyo, Japan | 01/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Its the tightness of Duke Ellington, with the swing of the coolest after hours jam session in the world !If you're a bit of a Jazz buff the line up in itself should tell you more than you need to know about what to expect... (Cat Anderson and Grady Tate are enough for me !)Cat Anderson - Trumpet
Richard Davis - Bass
Paul Gonsalves - Sax (Tenor)
Ray Nance - Trumpet, Violin, Vocals
Harold Ashby - Sax (Tenor)
Lawrence Brown - Trombone
Grady Tate - Drums
Russell Procope - Clarinet, Sax (Alto)
Britt Woodman - Trombone
Harry Carney - Sax (Baritone)
Buster Cooper - Trombone
Rolf Ericson - Trumpet
Jimmy Hamilton - Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Gus Johnson - Drums
Herb Jones - Trumpet
Jimmy Jones - Piano
Ernie Shepard - Bass ...and engineered by Rudy Van Gelder.These were actually two albums released in '64 and '65 - - the second labum being Inspired Abandon which was originally released under trombonist Lawrence Brown's name. - - Lawrence Brown for some reason is not as well remembered as many of the other Duke Ellington alumni these days (he only recorded two solo albums, this being one of them...) however, his relaxed yet well developed lines bring the blues to an entirely new level.All and all, throughout both albums the tunes have a cool, bouncy, sophisticated swing to them... and the musicians feel quite comfortable with one another... this isn't a cutting contest... its a cavalcade of legends comfortable enough with one another that they can take their time and make some great toe tapping music.While the entire CD is fantastic, I agree with the reviewer who mentions that the title track is "funny" and will definitely stick in your head for days... if anything, that's an understatment...!"
Ellington's finest soloist in his mature prime.
Eddie Landsberg | 09/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A great value that combines two small group sessions of Ellingtonians from '64 and '65. Hodges delivers a Mood Indigo and a Jeep's Blues that will make you remember every lost love. Harry Carney's bari on "I Let A Song . . ." defines how lush his instrument can sound. All in all, these tracks provide the songs and saxophone playing that make singers envious."
Johnny Hodges | Clark Fork, ID United States | 10/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While you get a lot of JH for your money, and the music is certainly excellent, the Verve Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra finds him in company with the same Ellington cats but playing with considerably more fire and emotion and with much better sound quality."