RELEASE
May 08, 2007
LABEL
Lone Hill Jazz
GENRES
Jazz, Vocal Jazz

Album Review

Fly Me to the Moon compiles a pair of tenor saxophonist James Moody's mid-'60s sessions for the Argo label. The 1962 date Another Bag vaults Moody far past his bop roots. Another in a series of collaborations with arranger and composer Tom McIntosh, its rich, deep sound is both fiercely cerebral and nakedly emotional. Paired with a superb group including pianist Kenny Barron, trumpeter Paul Serrano, trombonist John Avant, bassist Ernest Outlaw and drummer Marshall Thompson, Moody creates a thoughtful interpretation of the emerging soul-jazz idiom that is both consciously hip yet surprisingly introspective; the music is both angular and accessible, bolstered by a clutch of clever, dynamic McIntosh melodies. Issued two years later, Comin' on Strong ranks among Moody's most challenging and rewarding sessions. With its complex rhythms and mercurial tempos, the material is more like a series of obstacle courses than a collection of melodies, but Moody and his collaborators navigate the twists and turns with dexterity and grace. Paired with Barron on piano as well as George Eskridge on guitar, Chris White on bass and Rudy Collins on drums, Moody reinvents standards like "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face" and "Autumn Leaves," infusing their familiar strains with ideas drawn from post-bop and avant-garde sensibilities. The transformation between these styles is seamless, however, and even the most radical ideas seem perfectly logical.
Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Fly Me to the Moonhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=316053990&id=316053842&at=11l9vR
  2. Dizzyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=316054007&id=316053842&at=11l9vR
  3. Autumn Leaveshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=316054024&id=316053842&at=11l9vR
  4. Olehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=316054067&id=316053842&at=11l9vR
  5. Sonnymoon for Twohttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=316054077&id=316053842&at=11l9vR
  6. I've Grown Accustomed to Your Facehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=316054085&id=316053842&at=11l9vR
  7. Zanzibarhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=316054090&id=316053842&at=11l9vR
  8. Please Send Me Someone to Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=316054108&id=316053842&at=11l9vR
  9. Sassy Ladyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=316054118&id=316053842&at=11l9vR
  10. Ally, Pts. 1-3http://itunes.apple.com/album/fly-me-to-the-moon/id316053842?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Spastichttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=316054176&id=316053842&at=11l9vR
  12. Minuet in Ghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/fly-me-to-the-moon/id316053842?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Cup Bearershttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=316054202&id=316053842&at=11l9vR
  14. The Day Afterhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=316054240&id=316053842&at=11l9vR
  15. Pleyel d'Jaimehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=316054338&id=316053842&at=11l9vR
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