Johnny Hodges

Complete 1954-61 Small Group Studio Sessions (870255)

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Complete 1954-61 Small Group Studio Sessions

Johnny Hodges

Phono Records


PHN 148559




Complete 1954-61 Small Group Studio Sessions

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CD 24,99 €


This 4-CD release compiles all existing small group studio collaborations between Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster recorded from 1954 to 1961. Included here are the complete albums Blues-A-Plenty (Verve MGVS 6123), Not So Dukish (Verve MGV 8355), and Side by Side (Verve 8345), as well as their brilliant 1960 Jazz Cellar session (exceptional in that no other date exists in their collaborative discography showcasing them as the only horns), and the two sessions featuring both Hodges and Webster from the LP compilation The Smooth One.

Apart from these 1956-61 dates, Hodges and Webster’s only collaborative small group studio recordings consist of their their extended 1952-53 Norman Granz Jam Session sets (not included on this edition), and two rare 1952 dates added here as a bonus.


JOHNNY HODGES, alto sax and BEN WEBSTER, tenor sax, on all tracks, plus:

COLLECTIVE PERSONNEL: Roy Eldridge, Ray Nance, Shorty Baker, Harry “Sweets” Edison (tp),
Lawrence Brown, Vic Dickenson, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl),
Billy Strayhorn, Jimmy Jones, Duke Ellington, Lou Levy (p), Les Spann, Herb Ellis (g),
Jimmy Woode, Ray Brown (b), Sam Woodyard, Jo Jones, Mel Lewis (d), among others.

Recorded in New York, Los Angeles & San Francisco, between 1954 and 1961.



CD 4 [10-13]: Johnny Hodges (as), Ben Webster (ts), Emmett Berry (tp),
Lawrence Brown (tb), Leroy Lovett (p), Red Callender (b), J.C. Heard (d),
Al Hibbler (vc on “This Love of Mine” only). Los Angeles, July 22, 1952.

CD 4 [14-17]: Johnny Hodges (as), Ben Webster & Rudy Williams (ts),
Emmett Berry (tp), Lawrence Brown (tb), bHumphrey Ted Brannon (p),
Barney Richmond (b), Al Walker (d). New York, December 11, 1952.

CD 1: TOTAL TIME: 78:41

01 I Didn’t Know About You
02 Cool Your Motor
03 Gone With The Wind
04 Honey Hill
05 Blues-A-Plenty
06 Don’t Take Your Love From Me
07 Saturday Afternoon Blues
08 Satin Doll
09 Reelin’ And Rockin’
10 Don’t Take Your Love From Me [A.T]
11 Reelin’ And Rockin’ [A.T]
12 Meet The Frog
13 Nite Life
14 My Melancholy Baby
15 Lotus Blossom

CD 2: TOTAL TIME: 72:33

01 M.H.R.
02 Broadway Babe
03 Three And Six
04 Not So Dukish
05 Central Park Swing
06 Preacher Blues
07 Jeep Bounced Back
08 The Last Time I Saw Paris
09 First Klass [Aka C’mon Home]
10 Second Klass
11 Straight Back
12 Steerage
13 Third Klass
14 In A Mellow Tone
15 I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

CD 3: TOTAL TIME: 73:50

01 Ben’s Web
02 Side Door (Don’t Kid Yourself)
03 Blues’ll Blow Your Fuse
04 I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
05 Dual Highway
06 Big Ears
07 Shorty Gull
08 Ifida
09 Big Smack
10 I’d Be There
11 Just Another Day
12 Lollalagin Now
13 Exactly Like You
14 I’m Beginning To See The Light
15 Val’s Lament
16 Tipsy Joe
17 Waiting On The Champagne
16 Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
16 Free For All

CD 4: TOTAL TIME: 72:19

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
10 Rosanne (*)
11 This Love Of Mine (*)
12 Hodge Podge (*)
13 Jappa (*)
14 Through For The Night (*)
15 Come Sunday (*)
16 The Sheik Of Araby (*)
17 Latino (*)