Duke's In Bed Album 13 versions. Blues-A-Plenty Album 4 versions. Verve Records , Verve Records. Johnny Hodges No. Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges. Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges.
Blue Hodge Album 8 versions. Gli Oscar Del Disco. Ember Records International Ltd. At The Village Gate! Album 15 versions. Years given are for the recording s , not first release. At the Village Gate! Duke Ellington discography.
Clark Terry. The Birth of a Band! Lionel Hampton , Really Big! 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 broke away from Ellington to lead his own combo, before returning for another 15 years.
While Mosaic previously released Hodges' solo recordings of the s on two box sets, those are long out of print.
Fresh Sound has come out with four reissues dating from that era. 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.
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Tracklist: CD 1 1. Hi' Ya 2. Snibor 3. Texas Blues 4. A-Oodie-Oobie 6. Meet Mr. Rabbit 7.Johnny Hodges and his alto sax speak with trademark elegance and eloquence part 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," "Duke's in Bed" and "The Big Sound," and the formations range from large combo units to the full.