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Ellington, Duke & Johnny Hodges - Back to Back

Verve Acoustic Sounds Series
Vinyl LP
Genre: Jazz
Release Date:
Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges | Verve  |  Barcode: 602465124491


Several times in his career, star alto-saxophone soloist Johnny Hodges struck out on his own, only to return each time to Duke Ellington's band. Critic Michael Ullman suggested that the blues classics chosen for this program may have been neutral ground, where Ellington's playing could come to the fore and Hodges' irrepressible sensuality could have free rein. This is one of the very best small-group records Ellington ever made — a perfectly integrated set of music that truly swings the blues.

Verve Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from analog tapes and remastered on 180g vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.

Track List:

  1. Wabash Blues
  2. Basin Street Blues
  3. Beale Street Blues
  4. Weary Blues
  5. St. Louis Blues
  6. Loveless Blues
  7. Royal Garden Blues