Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges : Side by Side

Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges : Side by Side


Duke Ellington (piano), Johnny Hodges (alto sax), Ben Webster (tenor sax), Harry Edison, Roy Eldridge (trumpet), Lawrence Brown (trombone), Les Span (Guitar, flute), Billy Strayhorn (piano), Al Hall, Wendell Marshall (bass), Jo Jones (drums) 

Verve 6109

Analogue Productions - Quality Records : 2 LPs 200 gram (45rpm)

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Stompy Jones
A2 - Squeeze Me
B1 - Big Shoe
B2 - Going Up
C1 - Just a Memory
C2 - Let's Fall In Love
D1 - Ruint
D2 - Bend One
D3 - You Need to Rock

Recorded on August 14, 1958 at Nola Studios, New York City (B1, C1 to D3, without Duke Ellington replaced by Billy Strayhorn) and on February 20, 1959 at Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York City (A1, A2, B2, same recording session as Back to Back).

Although it is billed as a Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges album, Side by Side is a 1959 album mostly under the leadership of Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington's alto saxophonist for many years. Ellington only appears on three of this album's tracks. The album places Hodges at the fore, backing him with piano by Ellington or Billy Strayhorn and providing other accompaniment by well-known jazz figures like Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Harry "Sweets" Edison and Jo Jones. The album, a follow-up to the popular Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues, has remained perpetually in print.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.