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Jazz Workshop

James Moody

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This 1998 CD reissues the recording Cookin' the Blues and adds one selection only previously available on a sampler, plus three unissued cuts from the same date. Although James Moody, who is heard here on tenor, flute and alto, utilizes a septet that includes trumpeter Howard McGhee, he is the main soloist throughout. The set finds Moody mostly emphasizing the blues at mid-to-fast tempos, in addition to playing particularly memorable versions of ballads "It Might as Well Be Spring," "'Round Midnight" and the swinger "Stablemates." Moody's friend, singer Eddie Jefferson has three features: "Disappointed" (based on "Lady Be Good"), Horace Silver's "Sister Sadie," and a fine remake of "Moody's Mood for Love." Throughout the date, James Moody is heard in prime form on all three of his instruments; overall, this is one of his strongest sets.

Biography

Born: 26 March 1925 in Savannah, GA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

James Moody was an institution in jazz from the late '40s into the 21st century, whether on tenor, flute, occasional alto, or yodeling his way through his "Moody's Mood for Love." After serving in the Air Force (1943-1946), he joined Dizzy Gillespie's bebop orchestra and began a lifelong friendship with the trumpeter. Moody toured Europe with Gillespie and then stayed overseas for several years, working with Miles Davis, Max Roach, and top European players. His 1949 recording of "I'm in the Mood...
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  • £4.49
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 07 April 1998

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