Johnny Hodges & Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra (Full Album)

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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. The album features many members of Duke Ellington’s orchestra.

AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden:
Alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges recorded frequently for Verve in the 1950s and 1960s, although nearly all of the musicians on this CD are from the Ellington orchestra and the arrangements are by Billy Strayhorn. Hodges is never less than superb throughout this reissue, while Lawrence Brown, Harry Carney and non-Ellingtonians Howard McGhee on trumpet and pianist Jimmy Jones also deserve praise. Strayhorn’s exotic chart of “Azure” and emotional scoring of “Your Love Has Faded” are especially striking. Recommended. (http://www.allmusic.com/album/johnny-hodges-with-billy-strayhorn-and-the-orchestra-mw0000048313).


Track listing:

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

Personnel:

Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Bill Berry, Howard McGhee, Eddie Mullens – trumpet
Aaron Bell – basb
Lawrence Brown, Quentin Jackson – trombone
Harry Carney – bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone
Chuck Connors – bass trombone
Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Hamilton – tenor saxophone
Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone
Jimmy Jones – piano
Russell Procope – clarinet, alto saxophone
Billy Strayhorn – arranger
Sam Woodyard – drums

Released: June 1962
Recorded: December 11–12, 1961
Length: 36:27
Label: Verve – V 8452
Producer: Creed Taylor

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