Analogue Productions (Verve)



Product No.:
AVRJ 6109-45
UPC: 753088610912
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45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 200 Gram

45 RPM    

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound

"...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen!" Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011

When Norman Granz signed Johnny Hodges to a recording contract in 1951, it was a prelude to Hodges' leaving the Duke Ellington orchestra to lead his own small band. Four years later Hodges was back in the Ellington fold, but he continued to record for Granz under his own name. Side By Side, recorded in 1958 and 1959, is a throwback to the small-group sessions Ellington recorded with Hodges and other members of his orchestra in the Thirties, but with a couple of important differences: the absence of Ellington himself on several cuts (with Billy Strayhorn taking over on piano), and the presence of such notable non-Ellingtonians as drummer Jo Jones and trumpeters Roy Eldridge and Harry "Sweets" Edison.

Originally released in 1959.

Duke Ellington, piano
Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone
Lawrence Brown, trombone
Harry "Sweets" Edison, trumpet
Roy Eldridge, trumpet
Al Hall, bass
Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone
Jo Jones, drums
Wendell Marshall, bass
Les Spann, flute, guitar
Billy Strayhorn, piano
Ben Webster, tenor saxophone

Side 1
Stompy Jones
Just Squeeze Me
Big Shoe
Going Up

Side 2
Just a Memory
Let's Fall in Love
Bend One
You Need to Rock

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Sequel to 'Back to Back' Just Swings Like Whoa....

posted on 08/03/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: watchnerd
Slightly more "big band", and a bit less bluesy and intimate than its predecessor, "Back to Back", it nonetheless swings and grooves in a mashup of big band and up tempo quintet styles ounds. Hodges adds his soulful solos to Ellingtons classical foundations to create amazing music. And the recording quality, and this pressing....yes, you have to flip sides twice as often, but the increases in resolution, dynamics, and lowering of distortion and noise, is so worth it. It's like what most high resolution digital wishes it was.


posted on 07/16/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ian
Wow, what a great treasure. The music is on the relaxed, less ambitious side of the spectrum, but the playing is sincere and involving nonetheless.

The mastering and pressing is superb. Quality Records is getting better and better (pretty soon I'll be buying music I don't even like just because of the quality).

Highly recommended. Heck, there's an appearance by Ben Webster that is beautiful.

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