Side By Side [Remaster]

Performers Duke Ellington/Johnny Hodges

Verve | March 30, 1999 | Compact Disc

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Recorded in August 1958 and February 1959. This is part of Verve's Master Edition series. Sort of a "Reader's Digest" version of the Ellington band--head tunes followed by a series of solos, jam session style. In this case the soloists include altoist Hodges, tenor icon Ben Webster and Harry "Sweets" Edison on variously muted and plungered trumpet. There's just enough arranging to keep things together and give SIDE BY SIDE a "little big band" feel, as on "Big Shoe," when Hodges, Webster, trumpeter Roy Eldridge and trombonist Lawrence Brown (another Ellington veteran) seem to breathe as one on the four-part opening statement that sets up the blowing. Ellington himself is at the piano for this and two other cuts; the ensemble for the balance of the set features long-time collaborator, co-composer and musical alter ego Billy Strayhorn at the keyboard, which is illuminating in and of itself. The repertoire tends towards Ellington and Hodges tunes, presumably cooked up for these dates. Jo Jones is on drums throughout, and bass chores are handled by Al Hall or Wendall Marshall. The Duke/Sweets/Hall ensemble also includes understated flute and electric guitar from Les Spann.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 30, 1999

Genre: Big Band

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1959

Label Name: Verve

UPC: 731452140524

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Side By Side [Remaster]

Side By Side [Remaster]

Performers Duke Ellington/Johnny Hodges
Guest Artist(s) Ben Webster, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jo Jones, Roy Eldridge
Producer Norman Granz

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 30, 1999

Genre: Big Band

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1959

Label Name: Verve

UPC: 731452140524


Title Track Time
1.Stompy Jones --
2.Squeeze Me --
3.Big Shoe --
4.Going Up --
5.Just A Memory --
6.Let's Fall In Love --
7.Ruint --
8.Bend One --
9.You Need To Rock --

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Recorded in August 1958 and February 1959. This is part of Verve's Master Edition series. Sort of a "Reader's Digest" version of the Ellington band--head tunes followed by a series of solos, jam session style. In this case the soloists include altoist Hodges, tenor icon Ben Webster and Harry "Sweets" Edison on variously muted and plungered trumpet. There's just enough arranging to keep things together and give SIDE BY SIDE a "little big band" feel, as on "Big Shoe," when Hodges, Webster, trumpeter Roy Eldridge and trombonist Lawrence Brown (another Ellington veteran) seem to breathe as one on the four-part opening statement that sets up the blowing. Ellington himself is at the piano for this and two other cuts; the ensemble for the balance of the set features long-time collaborator, co-composer and musical alter ego Billy Strayhorn at the keyboard, which is illuminating in and of itself. The repertoire tends towards Ellington and Hodges tunes, presumably cooked up for these dates. Jo Jones is on drums throughout, and bass chores are handled by Al Hall or Wendall Marshall. The Duke/Sweets/Hall ensemble also includes understated flute and electric guitar from Les Spann.
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