Moody 4B

Moody 4B

by James Moody
     
 

Recorded a day after the initial session that became the album 4A, James Moody convened the same band to document 4B, a collection of standards and two originals by pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Todd Coolman, respectively, with drummer Lewis Nash also in for the ride. Moody plays…  See more details below

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Recorded a day after the initial session that became the album 4A, James Moody convened the same band to document 4B, a collection of standards and two originals by pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Todd Coolman, respectively, with drummer Lewis Nash also in for the ride. Moody plays tenor sax exclusively in a mellow, swinging temperament that suggests he's done with bop from a speed point of view, but not melodically or harmonically. Even-keeled and cool, the band effortlessly wends its way through these familiar songs with supreme confidence and a sharp wit. Moody is supremely polished and graceful, with no wasted effort or notes on classic ballad fare, and an easygoing version of Tadd Dameron's "Hot House." There's a bit of samba or light tango, the Asian modal piece of Barron's "Nikara's Song," and the unison play between the piano, bass, and tenor sax during Coolman's "O.P.'s Delight" that mix things up. Moody commands great respect from his sidemen, and they are just too good and literate to be denied high accolades. Perhaps a safe concession to mainstream jazz, it's also very enjoyable for across-the-board audiences to recognize that James Moody has still got it, approaching his ninetieth birthday.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2010
Label:
Ipo Recordings
UPC:
0822019010173
catalogNumber:
1017
Rank:
102848

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Moody   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Roger Kellaway   Piano
Lewis Nash   Drums
Kenny Barron   Piano
Todd Coolman   Bass
Roland Hanna   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Ogden Nash   Composer
Kenny Barron   Composer
Todd Coolman   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Benny Golson   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Michael Patterson   Producer
Jonathan Rosenberg   Engineer
William F. Sorin   Executive Producer
MaryJo Schwalbach   Watercolor Artwork

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