Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges - Side By Side - Analog Productions LP

Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges - Side By Side - Analog Productions LP

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When Norman Granz signed Johnny Hodges to a recording contract in 1951, it was a prelude to Hodges' leaving the Duke Ellington orchestra to lead his own small band. Four years later Hodges was back in the Ellington fold, but he continued to record for Granz under his own name. Side By Side, recorded in 1958 and 1959, is a throwback to the small-group sessions Ellington recorded with Hodges and other members of his orchestra in the Thirties, but with a couple of important differences: the absence of Ellington himself on several cuts (with Billy Strayhorn taking over on piano), and the presence of such notable non-Ellingtonians as drummer Jo Jones and trumpeters Roy Eldridge and Harry "Sweets" Edison.

Originally released in 1959.

Duke Ellington, piano
Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone
Lawrence Brown, trombone
Harry "Sweets" Edison, trumpet
Roy Eldridge, trumpet
Al Hall, bass
Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone
Jo Jones, drums
Wendell Marshall, bass
Les Spann, flute, guitar
Billy Strayhorn, piano
Ben Webster, tenor saxophone

Side 1
play
Stompy Jones
play
Just Squeeze Me
play
Big Shoe
play
Going Up

Side 2
play
Just a Memory
play
Let's Fall in Love
play
Ruint
play
Bend One
play
You Need to Rock

AVRJ 6109-45