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Additional Information Listen Johnny Hodges - The Rabbit in Paris Jump That's All Last Legs Blues - Part 1 Last Legs Blues - Part 2 Nix It, Mix It Time On My Hands Run About Wishing And Waiting Get That Geet That's Grand Skip It Perdido In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree Mood Indigo Sweet Lorraine Bean Bag Boogie (Rendez-vous at the Hot Club) Hop, Skip And Jump
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|Accompanist/ Conductor||trumpeter - Harold Baker, trombonist - Quentin Jackson, clarinetist - Jimmy Hamilton, bassist - Wendell Marshall and either Sonny Greer or Butch Ballard on drums, Raymond Fol - pianist, Don Byas - tenor sax|
Customer Reviews (2)
- Sublime Rabbit!Review by Big Toots
The Rabbit in Paris was recorded in 1950 with Johnny leading a select group of his Duke Ellington band mates. The octet carried all of the Ellington stylistic enchantment with them into this session (even though Duke was contractually not available to play). Here is the terrific Ellington ensemble swing, the fiercely inspired soloists and driving rhythm. 16 selections, including 7 Hodges originals, have the band brilliantly responding to Hodges superb alto example. Of particular interest are Hodges’s pre-Bop-tinged solos on “Nix It, Mix It” and “Perdido.” The never-before-or-after-duplicated Johnny Hodges alto sound is splendidly present, too (“Time on My Hands,” “Wishing and Waiting,” “That’s Grand”). “Mood Indigo” and “Sweet Lorraine” offer luscious Johnny, as smooth as any silk Miss Pons might wear.
As you’d expect from anything Ellington – all here are able soloists in their own right – they individually shine. Trumpeter Harold Baker, who, while not as well-known as Anderson, Stewart, Williams and Terry is a gem. Clarinet wizard, Jimmy Hamilton, tenor saxophonist, Don Byas, and bone man, Quentin Jackson are marvelous. The rhythm section propels.
Johnny Hodges, whether in Paris or Timbuktu is always divine, as is this entire effort. I wonder if Diva Pons was ever called “the Johnny Hodges of the Met.”
(Posted on 5/3/2015)
- Johnny Hodges: The Rabbit In ParisReview by Simon Sez
On The Rabbit In Paris, Hodges is heard in 1950 away from the world of Ellington but still sounding like he was playing in the band. Whether blues, swinging tunes or ballads, he plays quite beautifully with a tone that no one else could duplicate. Don Byas, a great tenor player who was forgotten in the U.S. by that time, also does well on these dates.
Simon Sez: No one played with beauty than Johnny Hodges. The Rabbit In Paris (IC7003) finds Hodges (“Rabbit”) at his best in 1950. (Posted on 5/7/2014)
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