If prompted, James Moody will make it clear that although he plays alto and soprano saxophones and flute, he considers the tenor sax his primary instrument. Moody and the Brass Figures is eloquent support for that argument. With the exception of a brilliant flute romp on "Cherokee," Moody concentrates on tenor in a program of five performances with a brass ensemble and four with the blue- ribbon rhythm section of Kenny Barron, Bob Cranshaw, and Mel Lewis. The octet arranged by Tom McIntosh and anchored by Don Butterfield's tuba frames, punctuates, and propels Moody's flights. Among the highlights is an impressionistic arrangement of Charlie Parker's "Au Privave." The pieces include four of Moody's imaginative originals, compositions by Parker and Thelonious Monk, and three superior standard songs. Beautifully recorded and remastered, this 1967 classic is available for the first time on compact disc.
with Kenny Barron, Bob Cranshaw, Mel Lewis, Joe Newman, Jimmy Owens, Snooky Young, Jimmy Cleveland, Don Butterfield