Various Artists

James Moody/Frank Foster in Paris

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On this Vogue CD there are three different sessions, none of which have been available domestically in many years. James Moody plays alto with a French quintet (which includes trumpeter Roger Guerin and pianist Raymond Fol) on six standards and two of his originals; "This Is Always" and "That's My Desire" are particularly memorable. Moody is also heard doubling on tenor and alto while backed by a string section on six French melodies. The emphasis in on ballads and there is little on that date to grab one's attention. This CD concludes with a 1954 hard bop set from tenor Frank Foster in which he is backed by a quiet French trio led by pianist Henri Renaud. Overall this is a CD that bop collectors will want because unlike many of the Vogue reissues, this music did not appear on the American Inner City label in the 1970s.