Johnny Hodges – The Best Of The Verve Years (8 Original Albums On 4 CDS)


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Release Date:  2019

Label:  Enlightenment


Track List

Disc 1

  • M.H.R
  • Broadway Babe
  • Three And Six
  • Not So Dukish
  • Central Park Swing
  • Preacher Blues
  • Jeep Bounced Back
  • The Last Time I Saw Paris
  • Wabash Blues
  • Basin Street Blues
  • Beale Street Blues
  • Weary Blues
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Loveless Love
  • Royal Garden Blues

Disc 2

  • Stompy Jones
  • Squeeze Me
  • Big Shoe
  • Going Up
  • Just A Memory
  • Let’s Fall In Love
  • Ruint
  • Bend One
  • You Need To Rock
  • Bunny
  • What’s The Rush
  • Back Beat
  • What’s It All About
  • 18 Carrots For Rabbit
  • Shady Side

Disc 3

  • And Then Some
  • I Wonder Why
  • Azure Te
  • Blue Hodge
  • Hodge Podge
  • It Shouldn’t Happen To A Dream
  • Why Are You Blue
  • Knuckles
  • Stand By Blues
  • There Is No Greater Love
  • Don’t Get Around Much Any More
  • I’ve Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good
  • Gal from Joe’s
  • Your Love Has Faded
  • I’m Just A Lucky So And So
  • Jeep’s Blues
  • Day Dream
  • Juice-A-Plenty
  • Azure
  • Tailor Made
  • Stardust

Disc 4

  • Sandy’s Gone
  • Monkey Shack
  • Wonderful, Wonderful
  • Scarlett O’Hara
  • Candy’s Theme
  • Follow Me
  • Blue Velvet
  • So Much In Love
  • Again
  • Deep Purple
  • Since
  • The Caretakers Theme
  • Jones
  • I Cried For You
  • Love You Madly
  • Little John, Little John
  • Stolen Sweets
  • A & R Blues
  • Lost In Meditation



The defining saxophonist of his generation, Johnny Hodges rose to prominence during the big-band era with what Duke Ellington described as ‘a tone so beautiful it sometimes bought tears to the eyes’. Perhaps an understated member of Ellington’s big band initially, Hodges’ deft tone and seductive style soon affirmed him as one of The Duke’s most valuable soloists and a vital player in his orchestra. A subdued yet commanding presence in the big band format, Hodges’ assured mastery of the alto-sax and his subtle nuance has left him regarded as one of the very best musicians to have worked alongside Ellington. Hodges’ career-defining moment came in 1928 when he joined Duke Ellington’s orchestra, and from 1937 he led his own studio group drawn from members of the group, with whom he released tracks co-written with Ellington, including ‘Jeep’s Blues’, ‘Hodge Podge’ and ‘Confab With Rab’, each composed to complement Hodges’ own seductive style of play. During the 1940s, Hodges dispelled with the soprano altogether, deciding to focus solely on the alto saxophone, following which he developed into a crucial member of the Ellington orchestra. After almost a quarter of a century under Ellington’s leadership, Hodges split from the orchestra in 1951 to form his own group, who had an immediate and sizeable hit with ‘Castle Rock’, although thereafter the band struggled to maintain their celebrity. It was in this period, however, that Hodges recorded with John Coltrane and Ben Webster, each of whom held Johnny Hodges in great esteem and were avid fans of the great man’s work. Featuring 8 albums, this 4 CD Box Set serves to highlight some of Johnny Hodges’ finest ever full-length works as leader or co-leader. Faithfully remastered, this collection serves as both an enthralling introduction to an all-time great jazz musician and as an invigorating re-affirmation of Hodges’ talents for those already familiar with his work.

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