by James Moody
Released: Aug 2010
Label: IPO Recordings
James Moody was among the last living members of the original bebop revolution when he recorded this final studio set. Of course, if Moody had just had longevity on his side, it would not merit the praise that this album earns. An openhearted performer, Moody plays the tenor sax exclusively here, sounding pumped up and powerful instead of weak or passionless. The good times are shared by pianist Kenny Barron (who has a history of complementing saxophonists), drummer Lewis Nash and bassist Todd Coolman, creating a quartet that sounds like a much bigger ensemble. As examples of Moody's indomitable spirit, "Speak Low" (written as an existential ode to the fleeting ways of romantic love) and the Gershwin self-pity fest "But Not for Me" get recast as upbeat celebrations. James Moody passed away from cancer not long after this was released in 2010.
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