Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and The Orchestra {Verve} ”Analogue Productions”_24bit96kHz

Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and The Orchestra {Verve} ”Analogue Productions”_24bit96kHz

Mainstream, Big Band

24bit/96kHz, FLAC tracks, Digital booklet

780 MB.

AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden

Alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges recorded frequently for Verve in the 1950s and 1960s, although nearly all of the musicians on this CD are from the Ellington orchestra and the arrangements are by Billy Strayhorn. Hodges is never less than superb throughout this reissue, while Lawrence Brown, Harry Carney and non-Ellingtonians Howard McGhee on trumpet and pianist Jimmy Jones also deserve praise. Strayhorn’s exotic chart of “Azure” and emotional scoring of “Your Love Has Faded” are especially striking. Recommended.

01. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (3:03)
02. I’ve Got it Bad and that ain’t Good (3:40)
03. Gal from Joe’s (2:30)
04. Your Love has Faded (3:03)
05. I’m Just a Lucky So and So (3:24)
06. Jeep’s Blues (3:21)
07. Day Dream (3:59)
08. Juice A-Plenty (3:22)
09. Azure (2:37)
10. Tailor Made (3:38)
11. Stardust (4:29)

Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone soloist
Billy Strayhorn – arranger and conductor

Shorty Baker, Cat Anderson, Bill Berry, Ed Mullens and Howard McGhee

Lawrence Brown, Quentin Jackson, Chuck Connors (bass trombone)

Russell Procope (alto sax and clarinet), Paul Gonsalves and Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxes), Harry Carney (baritone sax and bass clarinet)

Jimmy Jones – piano
Aaron Bell – bass
Sam Woodyard – drums

Produced by Creed Taylor
Recorded December 11 & 12, 1961
Recording Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Cover photograph by Charles Stewart
Liner notes by Stanley Dance

2014, The Verve Music Group
Manufactured by Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., 2220 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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