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Johnny Hodges/Wild Bill Davis: Con-Soul and Jazz/Wild Bill Is the Boss

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When the Lone Hill Jazz reissue label took on most of the many collaborative albums by alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges and organist Wild Bill Davis, the project extended over several volumes, including Mess of Blues, Blue Hodge, and Joe's Blues. Released in 2007, Con-Soul & Jazz/Wild Bill Is the Boss! is the only double-disc set in the series. This hefty helping of groove-oriented mainstream organ combo jazz combines the albums Con-Soul & Jazz, In Atlantic City, and Blue Pyramid, which date from the years 1965 and 1966. The compilation is rounded off with selections from the albums Blue Notes and Sandy's Gone, bringing the scope of the time line back to 1963. The Atlantic City recordings were made at a club called Grace's Little Belmont, and the Blue Notes album was taped about a week later in mid-August 1966. These would be the last of the Davis/Hodges collaborations, a fortuitous meeting of minds which began in August 1961 with the album Blue Hodge and ended almost exactly five years later. ~ arwulf arwulf


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