I just listened to a remarkable new CD from Trumpeter Johnny Hodges which highlights his ability not only as a Trumpet player but also his talents as a composer/arranger and sound engineer. John has been playing Trumpet since the 5th grade but don't be fooled by the fact that this is his first solo release. Johnny has paid his dues over the years performing as a sideman for musical greats across many different types of music and sound. Just a few of the notable artists he has worked with include: Paul Anka, The Temptations, The Four Freshman, Clark Terry, Roy Clark, Diane Schuur, Vic Damone and Johnny Mathis.
This CD has a funky jazz-inspired sound on some exciting new music that Johnny has composed and arranged. He also produced all the rhythm programing and the Brass. A virtual one-man band with the feel of a big and serious jazz group. Bryan Cook added his Trumpet to the mix on track 8, "First Try" and Jeff Barone played some serious guitar licks on Tracks 3 & 8.
I especially liked Track 1, "Dixie Twister", Track 3, "Cozumel" and Track 5, "Para Ti, Mi Amor". There is no doubt that Johnny Hodges is an excellent songwriter, arranger, sound engineer and jazz Trumpet player. This is pure and simple a great jazz CD with a modern but disciplined sound that won't disappoint any Jazz fan. This CD was released on August 21, 2012. In my opinion this CD is worthy of a Grammy nomination. This proves that Jazz is still alive and well in the USA in year 2012.