Johnny Hodges

The Jeep Is Jumpin' [ASV/Living Era]

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In celebration of what would have been his hundredth birthday, saxophonist Johnny Hodges is lovingly commemorated by the Living Era label with a special two-disc Centenary Issue intended as a complementary sequel to Jeep's Blues (Living Era 5180), a 24-track compilation that covered the years 1928-1941. The Jeep Is Jumpin' should not be confused with the similarly titled 32-track Verve reissue LP from the '70s, nor with Proper's hugely satisfying 94-track box set issued in 2003. What Living Era has carefully presented here are 46 of Hodges' very best recordings as a leader. These sides were cut for the Bluebird, Mercer, Sunrise, Vogue, Clef, and Norgran labels between July 3, 1941 and January 7, 1955. Living Era does the listener a huge favor by presenting the music chronologically; the liner notes are informative, the discographical information is meticulously well researched and the sound is excellent. Drawing heavily upon the Duke Ellington orchestra even during his nearly five-year hiatus from that home base, Hodges handled swinging jazz standards and sultry ballads with immaculate ease while concocting a steady stream of originals that sometimes bore laconically humorous titles like "Who's Excited?" While others (Emmett Berry, Shorty Baker, Al Sears) get their share of the limelight, these 46 classic sides epitomize and personify the unrivaled composure, powerful poise and worldly sophistication of that master musician, John Cornelius Hodges.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Johnny Hodges 02:29 Amazon
2 Johnny Hodges 03:10 Amazon
3 Johnny Hodges 03:39 Amazon
4 Johnny Hodges 02:46 Amazon
5 Johnny Hodges 02:52 Amazon
6 Johnny Hodges 02:48 Amazon
7 Johnny Hodges 03:00 Amazon
8 Johnny Hodges 03:17 Amazon
9 Johnny Hodges 02:44 Amazon
10 Johnny Hodges 03:05 Amazon
11 Johnny Hodges 03:22 Amazon
12 Johnny Hodges 03:25 Amazon
13 Johnny Hodges 03:08 Amazon
14 Johnny Hodges 03:13 Amazon
15 Johnny Hodges 03:35 Amazon
Johnny Hodges 02:53 Amazon
17 Johnny Hodges 03:11 Amazon
18 Johnny Hodges 03:04 Amazon
19 Johnny Hodges 02:59 Amazon
20 Johnny Hodges 02:49 Amazon
21 Johnny Hodges 02:55 Amazon
Johnny Hodges 02:52 Amazon
23 Johnny Hodges 03:11 Amazon
24 Johnny Hodges 03:05 Amazon
Johnny Hodges 03:12 Amazon
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