James Moody, alternating between alto and tenor, is well featured on two of the three sessions (20 selections in all) included on this reissue CD. Moody joins trumpeter Roger Guerin, pianist Raymond Fol, bassist Pierre Michelot and drummer Pierre Lemarchand for a ballad-oriented session that includes "I Cover The Waterfront," "More Than You Know" and "This Is Always." Moody is also showcased fronting the same rhythm section plus strings and woodwinds on six French ballads and his melodic improvisations are quite lyrical and subtle. This CD is rounded out by a quartet set led by tenor-saxophonist Frank Foster who utilizes a fine French rhythm section in 1954 for three mostly hard-swinging standards and three originals. Since most of these performances were formerly quite rare, this CD should delight both veteran collectors and straightahead jazz fans.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow