Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival: Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All Stars (2008)
Moody began playing the festival with Dizzy Gillespie in 1962, before most of his bandmates here were born. But the 82-year-old proves he's more than capable of keeping up with his much younger colleagues right from the start, going toe to toe with the formidable Blanchard, who's in top form throughout the show, on Dizzy's breakneck-paced "Bebop." Moody also reminds listeners that he's one of the great entertainers and comedians in jazz during a flirtatious vocal duet with Freelon on Duke Ellington's "Just Tease Me," into which he also tosses a quote from his big hit, "Moody's Mood for Love."
Freelon, an engaging singer whose style recalls both Sarah Vaughan and more contemporary R&B, is heard to fine effect on the chestnuts "Misty" and "Time After Time," as well as on an arrangement of "Romance (Winter Love)," a melancholy selection from Gerald Wilson's "Monterey Suite."
Track Listing: Be-Bop; Romance (Winter Love); Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me); Monterey Mist; Misty; Benny's Tune; Time After Time.
Personnel: James Moody: tenor sax, flute, vocals; Terence Blanchard: trumpet; Benny Green: piano; Derrick Hodge: bass; Kendrick Scott: drums; Nnenna Freelon: vocals.
Record Label: Monterey Jazz Festival Records