Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges - Back to Back

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Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.

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. This Hybrid SACD plays in both CD and SACD players, as well as all SACD-compatible DVD players.


Originally released in 1959.

Duke Ellington, piano
Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone
Harry "Sweets" Edison, trumpet
Les Spann, guitar
Al Hall, bass
Sam Jones, bass
Jo Jones, drums

Selections:
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.

Additional Information

Record Label Analogue Productions
Music Genre Jazz