An unusual meeting, but a great one too – as the alto sax of Johnny Hodges sounds surprisingly wonderful in the company of Lawrence Welk! Although lush, Welk's music here is far from the kitschy stuff of his TV show – much more jazz-based overall, and based around arrangements by Marty Paich, Sid Feller, Russ Garcia, Benny Carter, and others! Hodges horn is hardly cowed by the company, and really hits some of its best soulful notes right away – and in fact, given that Johnny didn't always record in such "with strings" settings in the 60s, the album's almost a great throwback to his 50s work at Verve
. Titles include "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Blue Velvet", "I Can't Get Started", "When My Baby Smiles At Me", "Sophisticated Lady", and "I'm Beginning To See The Light".
(Includes jukebox strips and mini LP images!)