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Alternate tracks and single recordings Johnny Hodges made for the Verve label in the early and mid-'50s. They were issued at that time on 10-inch discs. These are both combo and larger orchestra cuts, and are now out of print.


Born: 26 July 1907 in Cambridge, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Possessor of the most beautiful tone ever heard in jazz, altoist Johnny Hodges formed his style early on and had little reason to change it through the decades. Although he could stomp with the best swing players and was masterful on the blues, Hodges' luscious playing on ballads has never been topped. He played drums and piano early on before switching to soprano sax when he was 14. Hodges was taught and inspired by Sidney Bechet, although he soon used alto as his main ax; he would regretfully drop...
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