Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges - Back to Back - SACD


Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges - Back to Back - SACD

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Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges - Back to Back - SACD
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Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.

Several times in his career star alto-saxophone soloist Johnny Hodges struck out on his own, only to return each time toDuke Ellington's band. There seemed to be a constant tension between them, though it was old hat by the time of this 1959 recording. In the enclosed notes, critic Michael Ullman examines this complex relationship, suggesting that the blues classics chosen for this program may have been neutral ground.

A place where Ellington's unique piano 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 relaxed, perfectly integrated set of music that truly swings the blues!
 
"These are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding!" - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, 
 
Several times in his career star alto-saxophone soloist Johnny Hodges struck out on his own, only to return each time toDuke Ellington's band. There seemed to be a constant tension between them, though it was old hat by the time of this 1959 recording. In the enclosed notes, critic Michael Ullman examines this complex relationship, suggesting that the blues classics chosen for this program may have been neutral ground.
 
A place where Ellington's unique piano 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 relaxed, perfectly integrated set of music that truly swings the blues!
 
The Blues! Played again and again. Rediscovered and reinvented again and again. The foundation of all different types and styles of popular music from 1890 to 2010! Although not always recognizable as such, and often labelled Blues although not adhering to the strict form, it has provided the basis for music by such diverse artists as Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Eric Clapton. It was obvious that the Duke, too, should devote a complete LP to this theme. But instead of inviting his whole orchestra into the studio, he only chose the rhythm group and Johnny Hodges, his star soloist on the tenor saxophone.
 
In addition he asked Harry 'Sweets' Edison, who played muted trumpet in the Count Basie Band, to join them. Did they consult with one another? These musicians don’t need that sort of thing! Arrangements? What for? For the Blues? Absolutely unnecessary! It’s in our blood! Playing the Blues is outdated? No way! Just listen to our "Royal Garden Blues"! Modern Riffs in every single second! By the way: this latter number is the only true blues – strictly speaking – among these nine titles.
 
And there is something less well known to discover among the numbers recorded at the 1959 session: although he himself described his orchestra as his most important and best instrument, as a pianist the Duke proves to be an excellent accompanist in this small combo
 
Musicians:
• Duke Ellington (piano)
• Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone)
• Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet)
• Les Spann (guitar)
• Al Hall (bass)
• Sam Jones (bass)
• Jo Jones (drums)
 
Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges Back To Back 
 
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 

Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges - Back to Back - SACD

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