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Johnny Hodges

Benny Goodman once said that Johnny Hodges was “the greatest man on alto sax I ever heard.” Someone once asked him why he never made a mistake. His answer was “I just don’t see the point in doing that.” He is indeed a masterful musician.

“Daydream” was written in 1946 by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn specifically with Johnny Hodges in mind. Lyrics were written by John La Touche. This song is equally dreamy and beautiful with a vocalist, but here’s the original instrumental.

A tune like that is well suited to parking with the sunroof open and the seats laid back so you can find pictures in the clouds. If you have a special someone with you even better! You can take turns psychoanalyzing each other’s image choices.

Until Art Blakey a couple of days ago, we had pretty long trend of fantastic pianists. Here’s an interesting fact about Art Blakey that I forgot to put in the last post. He converted to Islam and changed his name to Abdullah Ibn Buhaina. I guess he kept the A.B. initials so he wouldn’t have to change his monogrammed bath towels or something. Of course that’s besides the point entirely since this post isn’t about Art. What I was trying to say before I derailed myself is maybe we will have a string of Saxaphone players next… Nah!


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