The Big Sound (Johnny Hodges album)

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The Big Sound
The Big Sound (Johnny Hodges album).jpg
Studio album by
Johnny Hodges and the Ellington Men
RecordedJune 26 and September 3, 1957
New York City
LabelVerve MGV 8271
ProducerNorman Granz
Johnny Hodges chronology
Duke's in Bed
The Big Sound

The Big Sound is an album recorded by American jazz saxophonist Johnny Hodges featuring performances with members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra recorded in 1957 and released on the Verve label.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[4]

The Allmusic site awarded the album 4 stars out of 5 and noted "While it was not an Ellington record, the band brought its solid qualities in backing and the occasional solo to all the fine Hodges features. This was an integrated unit, not some detached studio band for Hodges to blow over, under, around, and through. It was wonderful Hodges and fine Ellington".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Johnny Hodges except as indicated

  1. "Don't Call Me, I'll Call You" (Cat Anderson) - 3:28
  2. "An Ordinary Thing" (Anderson) - 3:20
  3. "Waiting for Duke" (Anderson) - 3:58
  4. "Dust Bowl" - 4:26
  5. "Little Rabbit Blues" - 9:26
  6. "Viscount" (Hodges, Mercer Ellington) - 2:30
  7. "Johnny Come Lately" (Billy Strayhorn) - 2:27
  8. "Bouquet of Roses" (Hodges, Mercer Ellington) - 3:23
  9. "Gone and Crazy" - 3:14
  10. "Digits" (Clark Terry) - 4:18
  11. "Segdoh" - 3:28
  12. "Early Morning Rock" - 3:34



  1. ^ Verve Records Catalog: 8200 series accessed February 16, 2016
  2. ^ Discography of the Verve, Clef and Norgran labels accessed February 16, 2016
  3. ^ a b Rusch, Bob. The Big Sound – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 103. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.