Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues

Back to Back is a 1959 studio album by Johnny Hodges and Duke Ellington. It was followed up by Side by Side (1959), recorded at the same sessions.[2]

Back to Back
Studio album by
RecordedFebruary 20, 1959 - Columbia Studios, New York
ProducerNorman Granz
Duke Ellington chronology
Jazz Party
Back to Back
Side by Side
Johnny Hodges chronology
Johnny Hodges and His Strings Play the Prettiest Gershwin
Back to Back
Side by Side
Professional ratings
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Track listing

  1. "Wabash Blues" (Fred Meinken, Dave Ringle) – 6:22
  2. "Basin Street Blues" (Spencer Williams) – 8:05
  3. "Beale Street Blues" (W. C. Handy) – 7:40
  4. "Weary Blues" (Artie Matthews) – 6:50
  5. "St. Louis Blues" (Handy) – 5:45
  6. "Loveless Love" (Handy) – 6:05
  7. "Royal Garden Blues" (Clarence Williams, Spencer Williams) – 5:20


The tracks with Sam Jones were recorded February 20, 1959, while those with Al Hall were recorded 6 days later. A Fresh Sound CD adds the 3 tracks from Side by Side with this same group.


  1. Allmusic review
  2. Back to Back Verve Music Group catalog. Accessed October 23, 2009.
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