Art Hodes

Some Legendary Art

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Art Hodes recorded countless albums during a recording career that spanned over sixty years, but this obscure effort from 1957 was made available to a larger audience by George Buck's Audiophile label in 1986. This bluesy jazz studio date features rhythm guitarist Marty Grosz, bassist Truck Parham, and drummer Freddie Kohlman, along with clarinetist Eddie Burleton on several tracks. Most of the songs were already 30 years old by the time of the session, and Hodes' low key approach to them is perfect for late night listening by laid-back audiences. The sparks fly a little bit on "B-Flat Blues" with Burleton's soulful playing, while Marty Grosz makes his case as one of the most underrated rhythm guitarists in "Angry." But it is the generally reserved, yet always gently swinging piano of Hodes that is the centerpiece of this enjoyable LP.

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