Blue Hodge (Verve)
Wild Bill Davis & Johnny Hodges
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Blue Hodge is the earliest of several matchups between altoist Johnny Hodges and organist Wild Bill Davis. With the assistance of Les Spann on guitar and flute, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Louis Hayes, Hodges and Davis mostly stick to fresh material, including three then-recent originals by Gary McFarland. Highlights include "Azure Te," "It Shouldn't Happen to a Dream," and "There Is No Greater Love," in addition to some swinging blues.
Born: 24 November 1918 in Glasgow, MO
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s