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Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges - Side By Side - 320kbps

4-09-2016, 06:24

Title: Side By Side
Year Of Release: 2014 (1959)
Label: Verve Records
Genre: Jazz
Quality: Mp3 / 320kbps
Total Time: 46:13 min
Total Size: 106 MB

01. Stompy Jones
02. Squeeze Me
03. Big Shoe
04. Going Up
05. Just A Memory
06. Let's Fall In Love
07. Ruint
08. Bend One
09. You Need To Rock

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

Personnel: Duke Ellington – p; Johnny Hodges – as; Harry "Sweets" Edison - tp (1, 2, 4); Lawrence Brown - tb (3, 5, 7-9); Ben Webster - ts (3, 5-9); Billy Strayhorn - p (3, 5-9); Les Spann - g (1, 2), fl (4); Al Hall - b (1, 2, 4); Wendell Marshall - b (3, 5-9); Jo Jones - d

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