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Side By Side

Duke Ellington

Side By Side

...swinging
UNI051 (Decca)
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Track Time Listen
1
Stompy Jones

Stompy Jones

Composer Duke Ellington
Band Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges and his Band
06:37 Play
2
Squeeze Me

Squeeze Me

Composer

Clarence Williams, Fats Waller

Band Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges and his Band
04:35 Play
3
Big Shoe

Big Shoe

Composer

Jimmy Carrol Hamilton

Band Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges and his Band
05:33 Play
4
Going Up

Going Up

Composer

Duke Ellington

Band Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges and his Band
04:50 Play
5
Just A Memory

Just A Memory

Composer

Ray Henderson, Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown

Band Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges and his Band
05:52 Play
6
Let's Fall In Love

Let's Fall In Love

Composer

Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen

Band Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges and his Band
06:46 Play
7
Ruint

Ruint

Composer Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges
Band Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges and his Band
02:32 Play
8
Bend one

Bend one

Composer

Johnny Hodges

Band Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges and his Band
02:58 Play
9
You Need To Rock

You Need To Rock

Composer

Johnny Hodges

Band Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges and his Band
05:51 Play
Total Running Time 46 minutes
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Side by Side, a follow-up to the popular Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues, has remained perpetually popular.

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Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington was born April 29, 1899, in Washington, D.C. A major figure in the history of jazz music, his career spanned more than half a century, during which time he composed thousands of songs for the stage, screen and contemporary songbook. He created one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in Western music and continued to play what he called "American Music" until shortly before his death in 1974.
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Johnny Hodges

Johnny Hodges

One of the most distinctive solo voices in jazz, the Alto Saxophonist was inextricably bound up with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, which he first joined in may 1928. His plaintive blues playing was as memorable as his haunting ballad playing.
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Although it is billed as a Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges album, Side by Side is a 1959 album mostly under the leadership of Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington's alto saxophonist for many years. Ellington only appears on three of this album's tracks. The album places Hodges at the fore, backing him with piano by Ellington or Billy Strayhorn and providing other accompaniment by well-known jazz figures like Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Harry "Sweets" Edison and Jo Jones. The album, a follow-up to the popular Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues, has remained perpetually popular.

Recording Information:

Tracks 1, 2 and 4:
Duke Ellington piano
Johnny Hodges alto saxophone
Harry "Sweets" Edison trumpet
Les Spann flute, guitar
Al Hall bass
Jo Jones drums

These tracks were recorded February 20, 1959.

Tracks 3 and 5 through 9:
Johnny Hodges alto saxophone
Roy Eldridge trumpet
Lawrence Brown trombone
Ben Webster tenor saxophone
Billy Strayhorn piano
Wendell Marshall bass
Jo Jones drums

These tracks were recorded August 14, 1958.

‘Topping off a wealth of full-band recordings, the various stars of Ellington's great outfit recorded many combo sides under their own names. And while not on the same sophisticated level of classic Ellingtonia, the late-'30s material cut by Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, and Rex Stewart is packed with tasty solo work and some of the finest examples of early small-group swing. These later examples from 1958-1959 feature Hodges backed by both Ellington and Billy Strayhorn on piano and such non-Duke luminaries as Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and Jo Jones. Like its companion album, Back to Back, Side by Side has a loose, jam session feel, with all the soloists stretching out. Hodges is in top form throughout, while Edison and Webster man their spots just fine. Highlights include the sveltely swinging 'Going Up' and Hodges' bluesy closer, 'You Need to Rock.' A must for fans of vintage combo swing.' AllMusic.com

‘At a first glance this record appears to be a successor to Back To Back which contained some remarkably pithy and stimulating piano playing by Duke Ellington. The best track is 'Stompy Jones', a number which the Ellington band recorded back in 1934. Hodges plays a typically lilting solo, there is a longish guitar sequence by Spann, Ellington contributes some wry chords and treble figures, and Harry Edison, after playing a metallic, muted solo earlier on, brings the track to an exciting conclusion by playing a series of brassy open choruses above a pattern of hard riffs. The outstanding soloist on the session is undoubtedly Roy Eldridge, who forsakes all his wild ways and fashions a series of sensitive, beautifully shaded solos, almost shattering in their restraint and much more lyrical because of it.' Gramophone.net

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