James Moody

James Moody [Prestige]

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This out-of-print two-LP set is a sampler of James Moody's Prestige recordings. The lack of personnel information (very unusual for a Prestige twofer) is inexcusable but the music (which jumps around chronologically) is generally rewarding. The titles date from 1949 (Moody's famous solo on "I'm In the Mood For Love" which would be transformed by Eddie Jefferson into the vocalese classic "Moody's Mood For Love"), 1954-55 (selections with his spirited septet) and three numbers from a 1969 date with a trio that includes pianist Barry Harris. Moody (doubling on tenor and alto) is in fine form on these numbers (a few of which include Eddie Jefferson vocals) but all of this music has since been reissued in more coherent form on CD.