Johnny hodges featuring ben webster - not so dukish


Hodges was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts , to John H. Hodges and Katie Swan Hodges, both originally from Virginia . [2] Soon afterwards, the family moved to Hammond Street in Boston , where he grew up with baritone saxophonist Harry Carney , and saxophonists Charlie Holmes and Howard E. Johnson . [2] His first instruments were drums and piano. While his mother was a skilled piano player, Hodges was mostly self-taught. [2] Once he became good enough, he played the piano at dances in private homes for eight dollars an evening. [2] He had taken up the soprano saxophone by his teens. It was around this time that Hodges developed the nickname "Rabbit", which some people believe arose from his ability to win 100-yard dashes and outrun truant officers. In fact, Carney called him Rabbit because of his rabbit-like nibbling on lettuce and tomato sandwiches. [2]

Johnny Hodges’ complete original LP Blues-A-Plenty (Verve MGVS 6123). The album showcases the great alto saxophonist backed by an all-star group featuring Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Vic Dickenson, and an Ellingtonian rhythm section formed by Billy Strayhorn on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Sam Woodyard on drums. To the original nine tracks of the original LP, the label has added the only two existing alternate takes from the date, as well as another complete session (which first appeared on a compilation LP), that also presents Hodges with Ben Webster. Includes 12-page booklet


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