Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra

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Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra
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Studio album by Johnny Hodges
Released June 1962
Recorded December 11–12, 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 36:27
Label Verve - V 8452
Producer Creed Taylor
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Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra is a 1962 studio album by Johnny Hodges accompanied by an orchestra arranged by Billy Strayhorn.[1][2] The album features many members of Duke Ellington's orchestra.[1]

The album was reissued on CD by Verve in 1999, and on LP by Speakers Corner and Analogue Productions in 2013.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Ken Dryden on Allmusic.com gave the album four stars out of five, commenting "Hodges is never less than superb throughout this reissue...Strayhorn's exotic chart of "Azure" and emotional scoring of "Your Love Has Faded" are especially striking. Recommended."[1] Dryden also singled out the performances of trombonist Lawrence Brown, saxophonist Harry Carney, trumpeter Howard McGhee, and pianist Jimmy Jones for praise.[1]

Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra was reviewed by Don DeMichael in the June 7, 1962 edition of Downbeat.[4] DeMichael called the album "...among the best Ellingtonia issued in the last year", writing that Hodges "tosses off phrases buttery in mellowness, fat with the milk of maturity and the honey of imagination."

The March 12, 1962 edition of Billboard highlighted the album as having 'Strong Sales Potential', rating it with four stars.[2] Billboard said it was a "strong set, bound to please Hodges many fans".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell) - 3:00
  2. "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)" (Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) - 3:35
  3. "The Gal from Joe's" (Ellington, Irving Mills) - 2:27
  4. "Your Love Has Faded" (Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) - 3:00
  5. "I'm Just a Lucky So and So" (Mack David, Ellington) - 3:20
  6. "Jeep's Blues" (Ellington, Johnny Hodges) - 3:18
  7. "Day Dream" (Ellington, John La Touche, Strayhorn) - 3:56
  8. "Juice A-Plenty" (Hodges) - 3:18
  9. "Azure" (Ellington, Mills) - 2:33
  10. "Tailor Made" (Hodges, Eddie Mullens) - 3:35
  11. "Stardust" (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish) - 4:25

Personnel[edit]

Performance
Production
  • Stanley Dance - liner notes
  • Loren Schoenberg
  • Tom Greenwood - production assistant
  • Carlos Kase
  • Peter Keepnews - liner note preparation, notes editing
  • Bryan Koniarz - production coordination
  • Patricia Lie - art direction, series director
  • Hat Nguyen
  • Kevin Reeves - mastering
  • Cynthia Sesso - photo research
  • Chuck Stewart - cover photo, photography
  • Creed Taylor - producer
  • Rudy Van Gelder - engineer
  • Valerie Wagner - design
  • Suzanne White - print production
  • Ben Young - research, restoration, supervisor

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (31 March 1962). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 38–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  3. ^ Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra at AllMusic
  4. ^ Ken Vail (2002). Duke's Diary: The Life of Duke Ellington. Scarecrow Press. pp. 196–. ISBN 978-0-8108-4119-2.