Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges Back to Back

Duke Ellington makes a rare Verve appearance on this classic album – and works strongly in the mode of earlier sides recorded for the label by Johnny Hodges ! There's a relaxed, small group feel going on here — one that's a bit different than some of the tighter Ellington work on Columbia during the 50s, and which almost paves the way for some of the more intimate piano sides that Duke would record during the 60s. In a way, Hodges is almost at the lead — given how comfortable he is here in a Verve setting — and other players include Harry Edison on trumpet, Les Spann on guitar, Sam Jones on bass, and Jo Jones on drums. The real charm, as always, is Hodges' solos, lean, mean, raspy, and soulful — and titles include "Weary Blues", "Royal Garden Blues", "Loveless Love", "St Louis Blues", and "Wabash Blues".
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Duke Ellington
Johnny Hodges
Play the Blues
Back to Back


1 Wabash Blues (Meinken, Ringle)  6:30
2 Basin Street Blues (Williams)  8:05
3 Beale Street Blues (Handy)  7:39
4 Weary Blues (Matthews)  6:58
5 St. Louis Blues (Handy)  5:51
6 Loveless Love (Handy)  7:13
7 Royal Garden Blues (Williams, Williams)  5:24


Duke Ellington - p
Johnny Hodges - as
Harry "Sweets" Edison - tp
Les Spann - g
Al Hall [# 1 & 4] or Sam Jones - b
Jo Jones - dr

Recorded at Columbia Studios, New York City ; February 20, 1959


L.O.L. said...


johnp said...

Many thanks!

reindeer man said...

Very nice.

deGallo said...

Thank you for Duke & Hodges. Bought several LPs yesterday and saw this but passed on it as I was "way" over my budget. Now I'm glad I did! Marvelous!

Danneau said...

Thank you so much for Duke and Hodges. This is a gem.

Otis Foster said...

Had to re d/l - lost of my first set of files, and most appreciative that you keep the links alive.


Peter said...

Top date! Thx.

jose arboleda said...

Lástima el link está muerto, José.

jazzcat1228 said...

Very happy to have this one again. Thank you, Mel!

sandor essedy said...

great thanks to you Mel!

jm said...

Oh, my, I am very ready for this. And very thankful to you.

Gaetano Bevilacqua said...


Sandflyer said...

Many thanks, even though it's not Joe Pass :-)

Isidoro Macarena said...

muchas gracias

cvllos said...

Thank you, Melanchthon.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...


slr in tx said...


You're clearly psychic! I looked this up this afternoon and I believe it still had rapidshare links..

As always, thanks for delivering the goods.

Porer said...

Thank you very much

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank You so much. Very nice album, like it for years. Got an LP Copy, now I#m happy to have a CD version for my car stereo. Love your blog.