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  • Audio CD (8 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Avid Jazz
  • ASIN: B00383UJ20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Castle Rock: Castle RockJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Castle Rock: The Jeep Is JumpingJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Castle Rock: A Gentle BreezeJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Castle Rock: Globe TrotterJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Castle Rock: Jeep's BluesJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Castle Rock: A Pound Of BluesJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Castle Rock: You Blew Out The Flame In My HeartJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Castle Rock: Something To Pat Your Foot ToJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Castle Rock: Blue FantasiaJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Castle Rock: My RewardJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Castle Rock: SidewaysJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Castle Rock: WhamJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Jeep Is JumpingJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. In A Mellow Tone: In A Mellow ToneJohnny Hodges 6:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. In A Mellow Tone: I Let A Song Go Out Of My HeartJohnny Hodges 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. In A Mellow Tone: Don't Get Around Much AnymoreJohnny Hodges 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. In A Mellow Tone: Come SundayJohnny Hodges 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. In A Mellow Tone: I Got It Bad And That Ain't GoodJohnny Hodges 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. In A Mellow Tone: Sophisticated LadyJohnny Hodges 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. In A Mellow Tone: Day DreamJohnny Hodges 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. In A Mellow Tone: SolitudeJohnny Hodges 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. In A Mellow Tone: Good Queen BessJohnny Hodges 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Perdido: PerdidoJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 6:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Perdido: Mood IndigoJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 6:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Perdido: Squatty RooJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 6:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Perdido: Rose RoomJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 6:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Perdido: Blues For BasieJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 6:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Perdido: For This Is My Night To LoveJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Perdido: This Love Of MineJohnny Hodges & His Orchestra 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Creamy: WhisperingJohnny Hodges 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Creamy: TenderlyJohnny Hodges 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Creamy: Don't Take Your Love From MeJohnny Hodges 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Creamy: But Not For MeJohnny Hodges 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Creamy: Prelude To A KissJohnny Hodges 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Creamy: Polka Dots And MoonbeamsJohnny Hodges 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen36. Creamy: Passion FlowerJohnny Hodges 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen37. Creamy: Scufflin'Johnny Hodges 8:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen38. Creamy: Honey BunnyJohnny Hodges 6:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen39. Creamy: PassionJohnny Hodges 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen40. Creamy: Pretty Little GirlJohnny Hodges 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen41. Creamy: No Use KickingJohnny Hodges10:31Album Only

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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!

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J. Gibbons TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Mar. 2010
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The four albums collected here, recorded by Johnny Hodges small groups during the years he was away from the Ellington orchestra, combine to give a very enjoyable listening experience for all lovers of mainstream jazz.

'Castle Rock' and 'In a Mellow Tone' were recorded by the small band Hodges lead in the early 1950's. As well as the leader's immaculate alto, there are fine solos from Lawrence Brown, Emmett Berry and Al Sears. In addition there are guest appearances from Ben Webster and Flip Philips which are most enjoyable.

'Perdido' and 'Creamy' were - apart from two sub-standard vocals by Al Hibbler - both recorded in 1955. The first album - apart from the aforementioned vocal tracks - is very much a blowing session. There are splendid solos from Hodges, Lawrence Brown, and 'Shorty' Baker and, at the heart of a superb rhythm section, is the inspired drumming of Louis Bellson.

'Creamy' is by a larger group with a front line of Hodges, Lawrence Brown, Clark Terry, Jimmy Hamilton and Harry Carney. The rhythm section of Billy Strayhorn, Jimmy Woode and Sonny Greer are a superb unit. A ballad medley opens proceedings - this was after all a Norman Granz session! - with Hodges and Strayhorn outstanding. Then follow two up-tempo swingers from Hodges' pen with some splendid solos from all concerned. The album continues with two Strayhorn originals which are features for Hodges' superlative ballad playing and concludes with a gently rocking mid-tempo blues by the leader. With fine solos from Hodges, Clark Terry, Carney, Hamilton, Brown and Strayhorn, it is the stand-out track from the session and brings the whole album to a triumphant conclusion.

At its very economical price this album is a 'must' for all lovers of fine mainstream. Buy and enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Jones on 4 Sept. 2010
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Johnny Hodges was inimitable and this collection is an inexpensive way of learning why.

He was in short one of those jazz musicians to whom a personal vocabulary came as easily as breathing. You need listen no further than the reading of `The Jeep Is Jumping' to realise that his way of driving the momentum of the music derived from his unhurried, languorous phrasing.

It was perhaps this aspect of his alto sax work that informed his blues playing more than any other. His work on `Jeep's Blues' testifies to this even while he `shouts' in a manner he knew would hardly have been of much use in ballad playing. Indeed he tailors his playing of the ballad form to an exceptional degree on `Day Dream' where notes seem to linger in the bell of the horn until just before they start to curdle.

Fortuitously one of the albums collected here happens to be called `Creamy' It's one of those infrequent occasions when a title is apt and Hodges shows why on Billy Strayhorn's `Passion Flower' a ballad many listeners might think Hodges made his own.

So despite the sometimes dubious sound restoration this set still has more than enough qualities regardless of price.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2010
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Avid continues its policy of value for money with this reissue of four classic albums by Ellington's famous sideman, here fronting his own groups. Both Castle Rock and In A Mellow Tone were recorded in the early fifties. The latter album was also issued as Memories of Duke Ellington, and just to confuse matters there are other issues entitled In a Mellow Tone, one live, the other with Wild Bill Davis. Both Perdido (which was also issued as Johnny Hodges Dance Bash!) and Creamy date from 1955, but for the two Al Hibbler vocals on Perdido.

In general, my own preference is for the music of the twenties and thirties, so I approached this with some caution. In the event I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the recordings, both for the excellence of the ensemble playing and the solos. Castle Rock, which gave the newly-independent Hodges an early hit, swings the most - and throws in an alternate take of The Jeep Is Jumping for good measure. In A Mellow Tune is the most Ellington oriented of the four, whilst Perdido allows the most time for the soloists to stretch out. Finally, Creamy (as the title suggests) is centred around the art of the ballad, at which Hodges excelled.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Christos Ioannou on 22 Mar. 2010
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I generally don't go for cheap re-issue labels but i have to admit that those guys at AVID are doing a fantastic job. Here is 4 reasons why you should buy this set

1. All 4 titles in this package were recorded in the Norman Granz stable of labels (Clef / Norgran / Verve) between 1951 and 1955.

2. You can currently find this music in ridiculously priced Japanese issues only.

3. The sound does justice to the music (better than some earlier AVID reissues).

4. The man himself is a joy to my ears: Johnny Hodges had THE most beatiful sound on the alto horn ever.

Basically AVID gives you the opportunity to obtain a good chunck of music which has only been available (a long time ago) on a Mosaic box set, for a tiny fraction of the price. And they have done this with respect and good taste: you get the original artwork, original liner notes, recording dates and personel. Well done!!!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By W. BUTLER on 24 July 2010
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As can be seen in my reviews of the 6 marvellous Lonehill CD's covering the latter part of Johnny Hodges career as a leader of his own group (operating independently from his mentor Duke Ellington) I'm a fully paid up member of an exclusive club of happy souls who KNOW Johnny Hodges was the greatest soloist Jazz has ever produced. And still is.

Nevertheless all he produced is not of equal value. If any novice went straight to this CD expecting to find his best work they would definitely end up wondering what all the fuss was about. Because this is a very mixed bag. With no consistency due to his continually adding and subtracting fellow musicians so you can never be quite sure is it's Ben Webster or Nelson Williams or is it Emmett Berry etc. The only constant being Lawrence Brown and the fact that he takes the same kind of solo on every track ensure none of these Hodges albums had any particular theme or individuality. You could say they represent one long jam session.

Looking through the discography Mosaic produced covering this period it's clear Norman Granz thought of them this way too because he was continually turning out new albums with different titles by simply reorganising Hodges recordings into another "batch". I.e. only picked Ellington numbers for "Memories of Duke" which later became "In a Mellow Tone".

The proof (for me) his work from 1951 to 1955 is all much of a muchness came when I transfered his 6 Mosaic LP's to tape and when playing them in the car the mix of Ellingtonia and his own compositions made it clear even when leading his own breakaway band the Ellington stamp overwhelmed his own very capable but rather stereotyped head arrangements.
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