Wednesday, September 22, 2010

James Moody: Hi Fi Party (1955)

For a period in the mid-'50s, tenor saxophonist James Moody (who doubled on alto) was able to keep together a swinging septet that played bop in a fairly accessible way. On this CD reissue of two 1955 sessions, Moody and his group (which includes the fine trumpeter Dave Burns, trombonist William Shepherd, baritone Pee Wee Moore, pianist Jimmy Boyd, bassist John Lathan, and drummer Clarence Johnson) perform swinging versions of fairly obscure originals including the lengthy 'Jammin' With James' (which has a long tradeoff between Moody and Burns), Benny Golson's 'Big Ben,' and 'There Will Never Be Another You.' The highpoint is Eddie Jefferson's one appearance, singing his alternate lyrics to Charlie Parker's famous solo on 'Lady Be Good' which he renamed 'Disappointed'.
1. There Will Never Be Another You 3:49
2. Hard to Get 4:03
3. Disappointed 6:19
4. Big Ben 4:16
5. Little Ricky 3:54
6. Show Eyes 4:22
7. Little John 4:20
8. And You Called My Name 4:10
9. Jammin' With James 11:36
James Moody — Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor)
Numa Moore — Sax (Baritone)
William Shepherd — Trombone
Dave Burns — Trumpet
Jimmy Boyd — Piano
John Latham — Bass
Clarence Johnson — Drums
Eddie Jefferson — Vocals
Rudy Van Gelder — Engineer
Hi Fi Party
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