Wild Bill Davis / Johnny Hodges

Mess of Blues

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In the 1960s altoist Johnny Hodges took a brief time off from Duke Ellington's orchestra to record eight albums with organist Wild Bill Davis. For this, their third collaboration, the duo welcome guitarist Kenny Burrell, trumpeter Joe Wilder and either Osie Johnson or Ed Shaughnessy on drums. Hodges plays typically beautifully on such numbers as "I Cried for You," "Lost in Meditation" and "Stolen Sweets" and, although no real surprises occur (and the playing time at around a half-hour is quite brief), the performances are up to par. However, the music on this long out-of-print LP has yet to appear on CD.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 04:43 SpotifyAmazon
2 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
3 03:51 SpotifyAmazon
4 04:03 SpotifyAmazon
5 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
6 06:07 SpotifyAmazon
7 03:17 SpotifyAmazon
8 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
9 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
10 05:34 SpotifyAmazon
11 03:58
12 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
13
03:37 SpotifyAmazon
14 05:09 SpotifyAmazon
15 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
16 04:30 SpotifyAmazon
17 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
18 05:08 SpotifyAmazon
19 03:10 SpotifyAmazon
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