As Johnny Hodges was one of the top two or three all-time best soloists in the Duke Ellington Orchestra, you expect the bulk of this material to feature Hodges as a sideman with that organization. Ten tracks indeed are with Ellington, and they are potent reminders of why the combination worked so well. Seven are with Hodges as a leader of, ostensibly, Duke's orchestra, with two alongside Lionel Hampton's big band, two more with Teddy Wilson's, and a single cut featuring Cootie Williams & His Rug Cutters. This collection may contain many well-known tunes with Hodges soloing, but it falls short of being his "best" recordings, as a leader or otherwise. It does provide a good overview of Hodges not only as a vibrant soloist but as a team player, and can be recommended on that basis.
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AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos