Art Hodes

Apex Blues

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All of the music recorded by pianist Art Hodes for radio transcriptions in a trio with clarinetist Mezz Mezzrow and drummer Danny Alvin on Dec. 12, 1944 was issued on this set. The ten songs (the ten accepted versions plus nine alternate takes, six incomplete attempts, and four false starts) are unfortunately programmed in a very eccentric fashion, scattered all over the album, so it's difficult to follow the progression of the performances. Also, since Mezzrow's playing is typically erratic, the music is not essential, although it should be of interest to pre-swing collectors.