Thursday, August 9, 2012

Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges Side by Side

Topping off a wealth of full-band recordings, the various stars of Ellington's great outfit recorded many combo sides under their own names. And while not on the same sophisticated level of classic Ellingtonia, the late-'30s material cut by Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, and Rex Stewart is packed with tasty solo work and some of the finest examples of early small-group swing. These later examples from 1958-1959 feature Hodges backed by both Ellington and Billy Strayhorn on piano and such non-Duke luminaries as Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and Jo Jones. Like its companion album, Back to Back, Side by Side has a loose, jam session feel, with all the soloists stretching out. Hodges is in top form throughout, while Edison and Webster man their spots just fine. Highlights include the sveltely swinging "Going Up" and Hodges' bluesy closer, "You Need to Rock." A must for fans of vintage combo swing.
Stephen Cook

Source :

Duke Ellington
Johnny Hodges

Plus Others
Side by Side


1 Stompy Jones (Ellington) 6:38
2 Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) (Ellington, Gaines) 4:36
3 Big Shoe (Ellington, Hodges) 5:37
4 Going Up (Ellington) 4:51
5 Just a Memory (Brown, DeSylva, Henderson) :53
6 Let's Fall in Love (Arlen, Koehler) 6:47
7 Ruint (Mercer Ellington, Hodges) 2:32
8 Bend One (Hodges) 2:59
9 You Need to Rock (Hodges) 5:52

[# 1, 2 & 4]
Duke Ellington - p
Johnny Hodges - as
Harry "Sweets" Edison - tp
Les Spann - g & fl [# 4]
Al Hall - b
Jo Jones - dr
Recorded at Columbia Studios, New York City ; February 20, 1959
[# 3, 5 & 9]
Johnny Hodges - as
Lawrence Brown - tb
Ben Webster - ts
Billy Strayhorn - p
Wendell Marshall - b
Jo Jones - dr
Recorded at Nola Studios, New York City ; August 14, 1958

Original-LP issue : Side by Side Verve MGVS-6109


jazzfriend said...

Grán álbum, musica para deleitar nuestros oídos, nuevamente muchas gracias Melanchthon.

Saludos desde Chile.

ZM-JazzRock said...

Thanx Mel for another great album.
Duke and Johnny Hodges are always a pleasure.

Paco's brother said...

Side by side with Duke and Johnny Hodges, What a honor and what an enjoyment!

Kneigh said...

Many thanx for a great Duke & Johnny listen, Melanchthon!! Just fine listening!!

Philo said...

I have this album. Very enjoyable music. Recommended listening.

Orbyt said...

Great post as usual. Many thanks, Mel.

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks for this !

Blue Eyes said...

Thank you very much Melanchthon for this album with the great Duke!

Pippo said...

Simply glorious ! thanks Melanchthon.

L.O.L. said...

A Sterophonic CD :))))

Bill said...

Thanks, Mel, for more Ellingtonia.

Melanchthon said...

duck said...

An update and thanks very much Mel for the alternate links, sadly rs is proving to be a problem.

rog said...

Ellington and Hodges are incredible ! Thank You Mel.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!