The Pat Moran Quartet / Pat Moran

While at Birdland

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This double-CD reissues two Bethlehem albums by pianist/vocalist Pat Moran, plus a couple of "mystery" cuts not listed on the set. The music is certainly diverse, including boppish instrumentals by Moran and her trio (bassist John Doling and drummer John Whited), features for singer Beverly Kelly, and group vocals with singing by all four of the participants. The latter is the most dated, sounding a bit like the Four Freshmen style-wise, and is certainly an acquired taste. But since Moran only recorded three albums as a leader (the other was for Audio Fidelity) and there is some excellent straight-ahead playing on this set, the two-fer is of interest to jazz collectors.

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