Offered for sale is a white label promotional copy of James Moody by James Moody, pressed on multicolored vinyl.
About this copy: This copy of James Moody is an original 1959 mono white label promotional copy, issued for radio station use. This particular copy was pressed on beautiful multicolored vinyl – red, blue, and yellow, with some green where the blue and yellow meet and some orange where the yellow and red meet.
The Chess/Checker/Argo labels frequently pressed promotional copies of their albums on multicolored vinyl in order to attract the attention of radio programmers. This was often successful, but as a result, most of the copies of these colored vinyl beauties that survive today are in poor condition.
This copy of James Moody is an exception, however. The record is M- and looks as though it may be unplayed. There are no spindle marks on the label and the vinyl shines like new.
The cover is VG+, with general wear at the corners and edges and a bit of ring wear on the back. The original wax paper style inner sleeve is included.
A beautiful example of a rare (and terrific) jazz LP.
Background: Released in 1959, James Moody was Moody’s 12th album overall and his fourth for Argo. On this LP, Moody played alto sax, tenor sax and flute while accompanied by six other musicians.
James Moody’s self-titled disc from 1959 is a solidly swinging date that finds Moody splitting his time between flute, alto, and tenor sax. His sextet is made up of mostly obscure players, though trumpeter Johnny Coles had a couple of records as a leader. The session was the first for Moody following his stay at Overbrook Hospital and he certainly sounds rejuvenated on uptempo tunes like “Daahoud,” “Darben the Redd Foxx,” and “Cookie.”
His work on flute is especially nice on the ballads “Little Girl Blue” and “Yesterdays.” Best of all is “R.B.Q.,” a funky blues workout that closes the record in style and features Moody on tenor blowing his soul out. This record is a fine example of what makes Moody so wonderful; his exuberance, thoughtfulness, and soul make him one of the greats. If you haven’t discovered him yet, this is a good place to start. If you’re already hip to the man, this is a vital addition to your collection.
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