(drums). "Secret Love" opens the disc with a martial drum march before segueing into a laid-back, mid-tempo groove. Everybody shines on Barron's "Voyages," as close to 'modal' as they get on the set. Two ballads represent the highlights of the disc: "'Round Midnight" and "East of the Sun." Moody and Barroncollaborators from decades backsync up to create an atmosphere ranging from heartbreaking to romantic. A few more mid-to-up-tempo numbers round out the set, notably "Bye Bye Blackbird" and Benny Golson
, set up shop at New York's Iridium for a four-night run early in August, 2009. A late Friday night set kicked off with "Have You Met Miss Jones," Moody playing with a level of intensity unexpected from an 84-year-old. Nor would one expect such razor-sharp wit; he told two jokes during the set: the first a racially-tinged joke about an African zebra and then a lighthearted jab at Catholicism.
Along with Moody's comedy cavalcade, he also brought out the flute for a noir-ish exercise in some back-alley blues. The entertainment continued when Moody seemingly began a scat-driven performance of his famous "Moody's Mood for Love." However, after some humorous vocal noodling, Moody segued into a version of "Pennies From Heaven," but with the lyrics drastically changed, altering the theme to "Benny's From Heaven." The group closed with its theme: an abbreviated version of Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas."
Track Listing: Secret Love; Voyage; 'Round Midnight; Without a Song; Stella By Starlight; East of the Sun; Stablemates; Bye Bye Blackbird.
Personnel: James Moody: sax; Kenny Barron: piano; Todd Coolman: bass; Lewis Nash: drums.