Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the Absolute Original Analog Master Tapes!
Several times in his career star alto-saxophone soloist Johnny Hodges struck out
on his own, only to return each time to Duke Ellington's band. There seemed to
be a constant tension between them, though it was old hat by the time of this
recording. In the enclosed notes, critic Michael Ullman examines this complex
relationship, suggesting that the blues classics chosen for this program may
have been neutral ground. A place where Ellington's unique piano playing could
come to the fore and Hodges' irrepressible sensuality could have free rein. This
is one of the very best small-group records Ellington ever made - a relaxed,
perfectly integrated set of music that truly swings the blues.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound!
• Cut from the Absolute Original Analog Master Tapes!
• Original Verve Label Recording
Duke Ellington, piano
Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone
Harry "Sweets" Edison, trumpet
Les Spann, guitar
Al Hall, bass
Sam Jones, bass
Jo Jones, drums
1. Wabash Blues
2. Basin Street Blues
3. Beale Street Blues
4. Weary Blues
5. St. Louis Blues
6. Loveless Love
7. Royal Garden Blues
Recorded February 1959 in New York City.