Oliver Nelson, Johnny Hodges, Leon Thomas – Three Shades of Blue (1970/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

(Last Updated On: May 5, 2022)

Oliver Nelson, Johnny Hodges, Leon Thomas – Three Shades of Blue (1970/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:02 minutes | 838 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Ace Records

They don’t make ’em like this anymore. Oliver Nelson, one of the great composer/arrangers of his generation, brings 20 or so guys with invincible swing in their DNA into a studio with some killer charts to play, and Johnny Hodges stands in front of them and does what Johnny Hodges does. The result was a classic album that’s given me great pleasure.
Recorded almost a year before his death this album would be Hodges last as a leader. It features an all star band that includes seven members from Ellington’s band plus Ron Carter, Randy Brecker and Hank Jones. This album both swings and has some blues. It’s an excellent recording and if you’re a Hodges fan it’s for you.

Tracklist:
01. Johnny Hodges, Oliver Nelson, Leon Thomas – Empty Ballroom Blues (04:42)
02. Johnny Hodges, Oliver Nelson, Leon Thomas – Duke’s Place (02:35)
03. Johnny Hodges, Oliver Nelson, Leon Thomas – Echoes of Harlem (04:03)
04. Leon Thomas – Disillusion Blues (03:58)
05. Oliver Nelson – Yearning (05:23)
06. Leon Thomas – Welcome to New York (04:09)
07. Oliver Nelson – Black, Brown and Beautiful (03:50)
08. Johnny Hodges, Oliver Nelson, Leon Thomas – Rockin’ in Rhythm (03:25)
09. Johnny Hodges, Oliver Nelson, Leon Thomas – Creole Love Call (04:57)
10. Johnny Hodges, Oliver Nelson, Leon Thomas – It’s Glory (02:54)

Personnel:
Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone
Leon Thomas – vocals (tracks 2, 4 & 6)
Oliver Nelson – arranger, conductor
Randy Brecker, Ernie Royal, Marvin Stamm, Snooky Young – trumpet
Al Grey, Quentin Jackson, Garnett Brown, Thomas Mitchell – trombone
Bob Ashton, Danny Bank, Jerry Dodgion, Joe Farrell, Jerome Richardson, Frank Wess – reeds
Earl Hines (tracks 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10), Hank Jones (tracks 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9) – piano
David Spinozza – guitar (tracks 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9)
Ron Carter – bass
Grady Tate – drums

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