James Moody – Wail, Moody, Wail (Full Album)

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Wail, Moody, Wail is an album by saxophonist James Moody recorded in 1955 and released on the Prestige label. The CD reissue added two bonus tracks which originally appeared on James Moody’s Moods.

“James Moody’s mid-’50s band was a septet featuring four horns including the leader’s tenor and alto. The bop-based group had plenty of spirit (as best shown here on the 14-minute title cut) if not necessarily a strong personality of its own. This CD (a straight reissue of the original LP plus two additional titles from the same session) is accessible, melodic and swinging; trumpeter Dave Burns is the best soloist among the sidemen.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
“The Golden Touch” (Quincy Jones) – 4:09
“The Nearness of You” (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington) – 4:53
“The Donkey Serenade” (Rudolf Friml, Herbert Stothart) – 3:45
“Moody’s Blue Again” (Jones) – 4:34
“Wail Moody, Wail” (Dave Burns, James Moody) – 13:56
“The Strut” (Benny Golson) – 4:02 Bonus track on CD reissue
“A Sinner Kissed an Angel” (Mack David, Larry Shayne) – 4:02 Bonus track on CD reissue

James Moody – tenor saxophone, alto saxophone
Dave Burns – trumpet
William Shepherd – trombone
Pee Wee Moore – baritone saxophone
Jimmy Boyd – piano
John Latham – bass
Clarence Johnston – drums


Released: 1956
Recorded: December 12, 1955
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Length: 39:21
Label: Prestige
PRLP 7036
Producer: Bob Weinstock