(2016) The Jazz Record Story

Art Hodes

... read moreAlthough very rarely ever mentioned in the jazz history books, Art Hodes had one of the very first record companies to be owned by a jazz artist. His Jazz label came out with 22 selections from five recording sessions during the 1940-1947 period, all featuring Hodes in a variety of settings. This 1...

01:08′:46″ 22 Songs

1
Art Hodes
Bedrock Blues (Live)
3:21
2
Art Hodes
103Rd Street Boogie (Live)
3:17
3
Art Hodes
You've Got To Give Me Some (Live)
3:13
4
Art Hodes
Washboard Blues (Live)
2:46
5
Art Hodes
At The Jazz Band Ball (Live)
3:23
6
Art Hodes
No Pay Blues (Live)
3:24
7
Art Hodes
Royal Garden Blues (Live)
2:52
8
Art Hodes
The Mooche (Live)
3:10
9
Art Hodes
Eccentric (Live)
2:45
10
Art Hodes
Farewell Blues (Live)
3:08
11
Art Hodes
I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (Live)
3:15
12
Art Hodes
Too Busy (Live)
2:24
13
Art Hodes
Someday Sweetheart (Live)
3:05
14
Art Hodes
Wolverine Blues (Live)
3:29
15
Art Hodes
Buddy Bolden's Blues (Live)
3:03
16
Art Hodes
Ballin' The Jack (Live)
2:58
17
Art Hodes
Organ Grinder Blues (Live)
3:39
18
Art Hodes
Droppin' Shucks (Live)
3:00
19
Art Hodes
Chimes Blues (Live)
3:37
20
Art Hodes
Basin Street Blues (Live)
3:02
21
Art Hodes
Swanee (Live)
2:44
22
Art Hodes
That's A Plenty (Live)
3:11
Released 23 May 2016, ℗ Jazzology

Review

Although very rarely ever mentioned in the jazz history books, Art Hodes had one of the very first record companies to be owned by a jazz artist. His Jazz label came out with 22 selections from five recording sessions during the 1940-1947 period, all featuring Hodes in a variety of settings. This 1991 CD reissues all of the music. Strangely enough, the recordings are juggled a bit, and the exact dates (and which songs match which personnel list) are not given. However, all of the music is here, including six piano solos, four band numbers from 1940 (a quintet with trumpeter Duke DuVal, trombonist George Brunies, clarinetist Rod Cless, and drummer Joe Grauso), eight selections with a 1946 sextet (which includes trumpeter Henry Goodwin, trombonist George Lugg, clarinetist Cecil Scott, bassist Pops Foster, and drummer Kaiser Marshall) and four songs with a trio that includes Foster and drummer Baby Dodds. The recording quality is a little shaky in the earliest performances but the joy of the music comes through. In addition to some Dixieland standards, there are a generous number of blues and '20s tunes such as "You've Got to Give Me Some," "The Mooche," "Too Busy," "Droppin' Shucks," and several Jelly Roll Morton tunes. A historically important release, the music on this CD does not duplicate any of Hodes' many Blue Note sessions from the period. ~ Scott Yanow