Re: HaHa please, join me..
I'd suggest that you check out anything by: Dexter Gordon ("Ballads" is a gread CD), Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins (The "Portrait" 10CD Boxed set from Europe is a must have.), Harry Carney, as you've discovered the great Johnny "Jeep" Hodges and Charlie Parker, Benny Golson and Charlie Rouse. This list could go on and on, but these are some great ones to start with. Cheers.