*”Should you need proof of Johnny Hodges’ importance to the Ellington Orchestra look up almost any advertisement for Duke’s band during Hodges’ tenure. You will see him given individual billing, and that is recognition most “sidemen” do not enjoy. This collection captures Hodges in several settings …” – with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and with small groups featuring various musicians including John Coltrane, Ben Webster, Paul Gonsalves, Russell Procope and Harry Carney. Nine of the nineteen tracks are Johnny Hodges compositions including The Jeep is Jumping, Jeep’s Blues, Bouncing with Ben and One For Duke. * from the new liner notes by Chris Albertson.
(a) Ray Nance, Rex Stewart, Harold Baker, Wallace Jones (tp) Lawrence Brown, Joseph Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb) Johnny Hodges, Sax Mallard (as) Chancey Haughton (cl) Ben Webster (ts) Harry Carney (bs & bcl) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (g) Alvin “Junior” Raglin (b) Sonny Greer (dr)
(b) Shelton Hemphill, Al Killian, Francis Williams, Harold Baker, Ray Nance (tp) Lawrence Brown, Quentin Jackson, Tyree Glenn (tb) Jimmy Hamilton, Ben Webster (ts) Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (as) Harry Carney (bs) Billy Strayhorn (p) Wendell Marshall (b) Sonny Greer (dr)
(c) Johnny Hodges (as) Al Waslon (p) Joe Schmalz (b) Ed Knil (dr)
(d) Johnny Hodges (as) Shorty Baker (tp) Lawrence Brown (tb) John Coltrane (ts)Remaining personnel and date unknown
(e) Johnny Hodges (as) Ben Webster (ts) Lou Levy (p) Herb Ellis (g) Wilfred Middlebrooks (b) Gus Johnson (dr)
(f) Johnny Hodges (as) Harry Carney (bs) Ray Nance (tp) Lawrence Brown (tb) Al Williams (p) Aaron Bell (b) Sam Woodyard (dr)
(g)Johnny Hodges (as) Cat Anderson (tp)Lawrence Brown (tb) Paul Gonsalves (ts) Russell Procope (as & cl) Victor Feldman (p) George Catlett (b) Sam Woodyard (dr)