James Moody

1948-1949

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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.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:57 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:17 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:31 SpotifyAmazon
4
3:01 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:03 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:47 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:13 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:24 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:11 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:59 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:53 SpotifyAmazon
16 4:10 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:54 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:16 SpotifyAmazon
20 3:21 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:56 SpotifyAmazon
22 3:07 SpotifyAmazon
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