James Moody

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1948-1949 Review

by Al Campbell

These earliest sessions recorded by saxophonist James Moody under his own leadership, follow his initial years with Dizzy Gillespie, an association that would be maintained off and on throughout Dizzy's life. The disc starts in chronological order with eight sides recorded for Blue Note in October 1948. Arranged by composer Gil Fuller and backed by Moody's Modernists, which were, in essence, musicians comprised of Dizzy Gillespie's band including baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne, alto saxophonist Ernie Henry, Chano Pozo, and Art Blakey. These sessions were recorded in New York before Moody left for Europe, not to return to the states until years later. The remaining 14 tracks find him jamming with European musicians and fellow American expatriates including fellow tenor saxophonist Don Byas, mixing bebop and standards recorded in Zurich, Paris, Lausanne, and Stockholm for Vogue, Blue Star, and Prestige.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 James Moody 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
2 James Moody 03:17 SpotifyAmazon
3 James Moody 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
James Moody 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
5 James Moody 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
6 James Moody 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
7 James Moody 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
8 James Moody 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
9 James Moody 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
10 James Moody 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
11 James Moody 03:24 SpotifyAmazon
12 James Moody 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
13 James Moody 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
14 James Moody 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
15 James Moody 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
16 James Moody 04:10 SpotifyAmazon
17 James Moody 02:43 SpotifyAmazon
18 James Moody 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
19 James Moody feat: Don Byas Quartet 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
20 James Moody feat: Don Byas Quartet 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
21 James Moody 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
22 James Moody 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
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