James Moody

The Beginning and End of Bop

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The idea of the music on this LP signifying the beginning and end of bebop is inaccurate and a bit silly. What is actually here are two unrelated but enjoyable enough straightahead dates. Side one has six titles from tenor-saxophonist James Moody with an octet drawn from the Dizzy Gillespie orchestra and featuring the compositions and arrangements of Gil Fuller. Of those numbers, "Cu-Ba" and "The Fuller Bop Man" are best known; there are plenty of short spots throughout for altoist Ernie Henry, baritonist Cecil Payne and trumpeter Dave Burns. The flip side has four selections from a sextet headed by pianist George Wallington who also contributes two of the originals. With trumpeter Dave Burns, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland and tenor-saxophonist Frank Foster taking solos, Wallington's session also has more than its share of interesting moments. The Moody material has since been reissued on CD but the Wallington date remains out of print.

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