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Johnny Hodges: The Jeep Is Jumpin' (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)Johnny Hodges: The Jeep Is Jumpin' (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
The Johnny Hodges saxophone sound was one of the landmarks of jazz, rich, full and singing, sometimes soft and sensuous and at other times brusque and sinewy, but it was always unmistakably his own. Here is an extensive survey of this master’s oeuvre, leading his small-bands. 94 tracks are included within the 4 CD's and the timescale covers 1937 through to 1952. The 44 page booklet tells the story. (Proper Records) 


Price:  £15.49 


Johnny Hodges: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents four classic Johnny Hodges albums, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. "Castle Rock", "In A Mellow Tone", "Perdido" and "Creamy". For all those who may have thought the cool, rather forbidding sax player alongside the legendary Duke Ellington was just a side man, AVID’s latest Four Classic Albums release showcases Johnny Hodges in his own right. Beginning with "Castle Rock" a track written by Ellington sideman Al Sears we hear both sides of the Hodges style, both mellow and hard hitting! Hodges is joined by many Ellington alumni across our four classic albums and indeed as we will discover the Duke and his legendary writing partner Billy Strayhorn are featured writers on many tracks. However it is "Rabbit" who we can really focus on while we enjoy these fine solo albums.

All four albums have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest sound quality ever! (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 

Johnny Hodges: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Johnny Hodges: Everybody Knows (CD: Impulse)Johnny Hodges: Everybody Knows (CD: Impulse)
 


Price:  £9.99 


Johnny Hodges Quintet with Lalo Schifrin: Buenos Aires Blues (CD: Lone Hill Jazz)
This release presents two rare Johnny Hodges albums recorded outside of the Ellington setting, and both released on CD for the first time. The first, originally titled “Johnny Hodges” was issued in 1963, and features Argentinean pianist-composer, Lalo Schifrin, who contributes two compositions. This was the only collaboration ever recorded by these two artists. The bonus album is “The Eleventh Hour” (1962) featuring Hodges fronting a big band of winds & strings conducted and arranged by Oliver Nelson. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £11.99 

Johnny Hodges Quintet with Lalo Schifrin: Buenos Aires Blues (CD: Lone Hill Jazz)

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