James Moody & Hank Jones: Birks' Works


Birks' Works (aka Birk's Works)


James Moody (tenor sax) and Hank Jones (piano)


Our Delight (IPO)

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James Moody (tenor sax), Hank Jones (piano),

Todd Coolman (bass), Adam Nussbaum (drums)


Composed by John Birks Gillespie


Recorded: New York, June 28-29, 2008


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

To hear these two octogenarian jazz giants play so effortlessly together is a testament to the universality of the music and its unifying nature. On this Dizzy Gillespie tune with an oft-quoted melody line, the mellifluous James Moody reveals his unmistakable soulful side. Moody's mellow sound is a joy to behold, as is his inventiveness. Jones for his part is the consummate accompanist, for most of the tune ably laying back as Moody explores the tune's soul. When Hank does take his turn, his lyricism is emboldened by his familiarity with the classic, on which he nonetheless makes a fresh statement. Coolman and Nussbaum do their best to just let these two icons strut their stuff.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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