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.
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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.
These distinctive small-group sessions, featuring Duke Ellington as pianist in a blues context, are part of a group of recordings issued under the confusing titles Back to Back and Side by Side, and further reissued under the not particularly distinctive name of Blues Summit. But there should be no confusion about the high quality of music that came out of these sessions - it is all "cooking with gas" as the expression goes. Also hitting a very high standard for himself is trumpeter Harry Edison and, while musicians are being patted on the back, the Jones boys in the rhythm section should be given a hand. That's Jo Jones (drums) and Sam Jones (bass), so as not to create additional confusion in the Jones-heavy jazz world. The songs all have titles that end in "Blues," with the oddball having "Love" in the title not once but twice. It's "Loveless Love," what else?)
Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges. 2013 Original Album Plus Bonus Tracks 1962. Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues. Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges: Side By Side. Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges.
Back to Back is a 1959 studio album by Johnny Hodges and Duke Ellington Track listing. Wabash Blues" (Fred Meinken, Dave Ringle) – 6:22. Back to Back Verve Music Group catalog. v. t. e. Duke Ellington.
Side By Side Duke Ellington. Squeeze Me. Johnny Hodges & Duke Ellington. Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra.
CreditsDuke Ellington - Primary Artist
Johnny Hodges - Primary Artist