Possessor of the most beautiful tone ever heard in jazz, altoist Johnny Hodges formed his style early on and had little reason to change it through the decades. Although he could stomp with the best swing players and was masterful on the blues, Hodges' luscious playing on ballads has never been topped. He played drums and piano early on before switching to soprano sax when he was 14. Hodges was taught and inspired by Sidney Bechet, although he soon used alto as his main ax; he would regretfully drop soprano altogether after 1940.
Disc 11. Foolin' Myself 2:56
Disc 21. Wanderlust 2:58
Disc 31. It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream 2:56
Disc 41. Sweet Lorraine 3:11