Homage

Homage

by James Moody

CD

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Overview

Homage

Judging from the glowing liner-notes quotes from Joe Zawinul and Herbie Hancock, both of whom contribute songs to the legendary bebopper's first studio effort in six years, it's hard to know who's paying homage to who. Ostensibly, the idea was to put the nearly 80-year-old legend -- known for both his illustrious solo career and an ongoing working relationship with Dizzy Gillespie -- in the studio with some hot young talent (the brilliant pianist David Hazeltine being the standout), tackling material from the aforementioned greats as well as Chick Corea, Kenny Barron, and Horace Silver. The most compelling of these are Barron's easy swinging "And Then Again," on which Moody's tenor improvises over the cool trio grooving of Hazeltine, Todd Coolman (bass), and Anthony Pinciotti (drums), Silver's punchy "When Lucy Smiles at Me," and Zawinul's moody, exotic ballad "A Message to Moody." The most compelling track is a jazzy number by a famous film composer, James Newton Howard's "Main Title" from Glengarry Glen Ross, which mixes Moody's colorful soloing with flourishes featuring him as part of a brass and flute ensemble. The closing number, "Love Was the Cause of All Good Things," is driven by a hip-hop groove and finds Moody joining the rap generation; this can be seen either as a tremendous novelty or an afterthought that should have been eliminated, depending on how pure a jazz buff one is. Either way, it's proof that the nearly 80-year-old Moody is doing more than resting on his immense laurels.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2004
Label: Savoy Jazz
UPC: 0795041720023
catalogNumber: 17200

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Moody   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone,Rap
Vic Juris   Acoustic Guitar
John Clark   French Horn
Don Alias   Percussion,Conga
Joe Zawinul   Improvisation
Todd Coolman   Acoustic Bass
Lawrence Feldman   Flute,Alto Flute,Bass Flute
David Gibson   Trombone
Billy Kilson   Drums
Scott Kinsey   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Lou Marini   Flute,Alto Flute
David Hazeltine   Piano,Electric Piano
Charles Pillow   Flute,English Horn
Tony Pinciotti   Drums
Jeremy Pelt   Trumpet
Hans Glawischnig   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
James Rotundi   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mostly Bandits   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Producer,Brass Arrangment,Wind Arrangements
Herbie Hancock   Composer
James Newton Howard   Composer
James Moody   Composer,Liner Notes
Horace Silver   Composer
Steve Backer   Executive Producer
Kenny Barron   Composer
Marc Copland   Composer
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer
Eric Gast   Engineer
Scott Kinsey   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Adaptation
John Latouche   Composer
Jerome Moross   Composer
Scott Noll   Engineer
David Hazeltine   Composer
Kidz Next Door   Producer,Engineer
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
George Varga   Liner Notes
Scott Johnson   Graphic Design
Amiri Farris   Artwork
David Knoll   Images

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