James Moody

Moving Forward

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For this strong blowing date (which has arranged passages by Tom McIntosh), James Moody and his group (pianist Kenny Barron whose name is misspelled twice in the liners as "Darron," bassist Todd Coolman, drummer Akira Tana and Onaje Allan Gumbs who plays synthesizer on three of the six numbers) perform four strong standards, Jimmy Heath's "A Summer Afternoon" and Moody's "What Do You Do." The leader, who takes a good-humored vocal on the latter, is in consistently fine form on tenor, alto and flute, really stretching out on "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" and "Giant Steps." Moody was always immediately identifiable and is heard throughout in prime form.

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