Wild Bill Davis & Johnny Hodges

Wild Bill Davis & Johnny Hodges


Wild Bill Evans and Johnny Hodges live in Atlantic City

Wild Bill Davis (organ), Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone), Bob Brown (tenor saxophone, flute), Lawrence Brown (trombone), Dickie Thompson (guitar), Bobby Durham (drums)

RCA 3706

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - It's Only a Paper Moon
A2 - Taffy
A3 - Good Queen Bess
A4 - LB Blues
A5 - In a Mellotone
B1 - Rockville
B2 - I'll Always Love You
B3 - It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
B4 - Belle of the Belmont

Recorded in August 1966, live at Grace's Little Belmont, Atlantic City.

In the Sixties, the two befriended musicians Wild Bill Davis and Johnny Hodges often met up for jam sessions, at galas with Duke Ellington, and in various studios to make recordings for several record companies. However, their live concerts in Grace’s Little Belmont in Atlantic City in 1966 were the declared highlights for critics, the public and musicians alike. This is not only proved by the masses of people who swarmed to the club, which was always jam-packed, it is also reflected in the sales figures of their recordings.
On the present recording, the listener is offered a first-class programme of own compositions, Duke Ellington hits, and head arrangements. "Good Queen Bess" and "Rockville" are quite exceptional, and the other titles are hardly less enthralling. The rhythm group is hotter than hot with Lionel Hampton’s Bobby Durham on the drums, and the two grand old men of swing really let themselves go. The trombonist Lawrence Brown, musical buddy from the Duke Ellington Orchestra, grooves in the background and we can be happy (thanks to the producer Rad McCuen!) that we can still thoroughly enjoy this great disc almost 50 years later.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com