Johnny Hodges & Billy Strayhorn

Johnny Hodges & Billy Strayhorn


Johnny Hodges (alto sax), Paul Gonsalves (tenor sax), Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor sax), Russell Procope (clarinet, alto sax), Harry Carney (clarinet, baritone sax), Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Howard McGhee, Ed Mullens, Bill Berry (trumpet), Chuck Conors, Quentin Jackson, Lawrence Brown (trombone), Jimmy Jones (piano), Aaron Bell (bass), Sam Woodyard (drums), Billy Strayhorn (arranger, conductor)

Verve 8452

Analogue Productions : 2 LPs 200 gram (45rpm)

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1 - Don't Get Around Much Anymore
2 - I've Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
3 - Gal From Joe's
4 - Your Love Has Faded
5 - I'm Just a Lucky So and So
6 - Jeep's Blues
7 - Day Dream
8 - Juice A-Plenty
9 - Azure
10 - Tailor Made
11 - Stardust

Recorded on December 11–12, 1961, at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Recorded during the last decade of his long tenure with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, this album finds the great alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges's musical gifts not only intact but stronger than ever. Featuring the Ellington band (with Jimmy Jones on piano and Billy Strayhorn as bandleader and arranger) it is a fascinating program of Ellington remakes, including some of the orchestra's most familiar numbers, all of which have been given subtle new orchestrations by Strayhorn and melodious new interpretations by Hodges.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

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.