The biography of Johnny Hodges by Claude Carrière and Christian Bonnet , illustrated by Thibault de Chastenet and accompanied by 2 compact discs.
“Listen to the record,” said Chloé. There was something ethereal about Johnny Hodges' playing, something inexplicable and perfectly sensual. Sensuality in its purest form, free from the body. The corners of the room changed and rounded under the influence of the music. Colin and Chloe now rested in the center of a sphere. - What was that ? Chloe asked. - It was The Mood To Be Wooed, said Colin.
We could not better describe the hypnotic effect of Johnny Hodges ' alto saxophone than these few lines taken from Boris Vian 's L'Écume Des Jours . Duke Ellington 's traveling companion for almost forty years, Hodges developed through his contact a sort of perfection in the work of sound which made him one of the great stylists in the history of jazz .
The first CD presents little gems recorded at the head of his own band, at a time when he had temporarily regained his freedom at the Duke , the second offers a selection of sides recorded during his Ellingtonian period. Most of them have rightly passed into posterity.