Tuesday, May 28, 2013

James Moody & Frank Foster in Paris

James Moody was an institution in jazz from the late '40s into the 21st century, whether on tenor, flute, occasional alto, or yodeling his way through his "Moody's Mood for Love." After serving in the Air Force (1943-1946), he joined Dizzy Gillespie's bebop orchestra and began a lifelong friendship with the trumpeter. Moody toured Europe with Gillespie and then stayed overseas for several years, working with Miles Davis, Max Roach, and top European players. His 1949 recording of "I'm in the Mood for Love" became a hit in 1952 under the title of "Moody's Mood for Love" with classic vocalese lyrics written by Eddie Jefferson and a best-selling recording by King Pleasure. After returning to the U.S., Moody formed a septet that lasted for five years, recorded extensively for Prestige and Argo, took up the flute, and then from 1963-1968, was a member of Dizzy Gillespie's quintet. He worked in Las Vegas show bands during much of the 1970s before returning to jazz, playing occasionally with Gillespie, mostly working as a leader and recording with Lionel Hampton's Golden Men of Jazz. Moody, who alternated between tenor (which he preferred) and alto throughout his career, had an original sound on both horns. He was also one of the best flutists in jazz. Moody recorded as a leader for numerous labels, including Blue Note, Xanadu, Vogue, Prestige, EmArcy, Mercury, Argo, DJM, Milestone, Perception, MPS, Muse, Vanguard, and Novus. He died of complications from pancreatic cancer on December 9, 2010 in San Diego, CA. James Moody was 85 years old.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/james-moody-p7165/biography

James Moody
Frank Foster
Sax Talk


1 Bootsie (Moody) 3:40
2 I Cover the Waterfront (Green Heyman) 3:06
3 Deep Purple (DeRose, Parish) 2:52
4 Lover Come Back to Me (Romberg, Hammerstein II) 4:33
5 That's My Desire (Kresa, Loveday) 3:08
6 More Than You Know (Youmans, Rose, Eliscu) 3:09
7 Moody's Mode (Moody) 2:39
8 This Is Always (Warren Gordon) 3:31
9 Les Feuilles Mortes (Kosma, Prévert) 3:26
10 Chanter pour Toi (DR) 2:23
11 Bedelia (Michel) 2:47
12 Aimer comme je t'aime (Lucchesi, Giraud) 2:39
13 Si Jolie (Gérard, Marmey) 2:26
14 September Serenade (Gillespie, Gérard) 2:54
15 My Heart Stood Still (Rodgers, Hart) 3:06
16 Fat Shoes (Foster) 4:51
17 I'll Take Romance (Oakland, Hammerstein) 5:23
18 Escale à Victoria (Bailly, Toubiana) 4:40
19 The Things We Did Last Summer (Styne, Kahn) 4:00
20 Just 40 Bars (Reynaldo) 4:36

James Moody - as
Roger Guérin - tp
Raymond Fol - p
Pierre Michelot - b
Pierre Lemarchand - dr
Recorded in Paris ; July 27, 1951
James Moody - as & ts
Raymond Fol - p
Pierre Michelot - b
Pierre Lemarchand - dr
Pepito Riebe - bng
Unknow - ob, frhrn, fl, cl, harp & str*
Recorded in Paris ; July 13, 1951
Frank Foster - ts
Henri Renaud - p
Jean-Marie Ingrand - b
Jean-Louis Viale - dr
Recorded in Paris ; April 4, 1954

*See also

Rene Reumont (frh) Max Porret (fl) Robert Jeannoutot (ob) Henri Bellicourt (cl, bcl) James Moody (as, ts) Marcel Beaujojan, Lionel Gali, Jean Gaunet, Charles Vaudevoir (vln) Robert Jadoux, Guy Rogne (vlc) Bernard Galais (harp) Raymond Fol (p) Pierre Michelot (b) Pierre Lemarchand (d) Pepito Riebe (bgo) Andre Hodeir (arr, cond)
A very talented tenor saxophonist and arranger, Frank Foster was associated with the Count Basie Orchestra off and on since 1953. Early on, he played in Detroit with the many talented local players and, after a period in the Army (1951-1953), he joined Basie's big band. Well-featured on tenor during his Basie years (1953-1964), Foster also contributed plenty of arrangements and such originals as "Down for the Count," "Blues Backstage," and the standard "Shiny Stockings." In the latter half of the 1960s, Foster was a freelance writer. In addition to playing with Elvin Jones (1970-1972) and occasionally with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, he led his Loud Minority big band. In 1983, Foster co-led a quintet with Frank Wess and he toured Europe with Jimmy Smith in 1985. Although influenced by John Coltrane in his playing, Foster was able to modify his style when he took over the Count Basie ghost band in 1986, revitalizing it and staying at the helm until 1995. Outside of his Basie dates, Foster led sessions for Vogue, Blue Note (1954 and 1968), Savoy, Argo, Prestige, Mainstream, Denon, Catalyst, Bee Hive, SteepleChase, Pablo, and Concord.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/frank-foster-p77044/biography


Orbyt said...

I'm sure I have some of these tracks, so it's great to have this set. Merci beaucoup!

karelio said...

Great post; thank you!
...and welcome back!

Philo said...

This early 1950s Moody stuff is all new to me.

The audio quality on these tracks is quite good, and the music swings.


Luis said...

Thank you melachthon for these gifts.

cvllos said...

Ref Moody & Hodeir
Wow! This must be something.
Hodeir is the guy who did that excelent record with the Modern Jazz Quartet (Around the Blues, among others)
Thanks for this one, Melanchthon

theblueamos said...

thank you ! I love frank foster and moody of course all the best and wellcome back

reindeer man said...

Thanks Mel, love James Moody. Another jazz great lost, RIP.

DEEP said...


Scoredaddy said...

I'm particularly interested in the string session. thanks for posting this.

Melanchthon said...


danair said...

Thanks Mel.

neil said...

Strings don't do it for me; but I'm here for the Frank Foster. Many thanks, mel...

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon. I'm not into string sessions but Moody and Foster have brought me aboard.

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