Our Delight cover

Our Delight


When this album was recorded, in 2006, pianist Hank Jones was 86 and saxophonist/flutist James Moody was 81. I mention this simply because you’d have no idea, from listening to them play on this magnificent set, that they were both octogenarians. It’s not that they’re engaging in lots of musical gymnastics – they both play with consummate taste and often with the kind of restraint that comes only with supreme confidence. But you can tell that their minds are still as sharp as they ever were. Jones, in particular, makes chordal and rhythmic choices that would shame the most virtuosic 25-year-old. And Moody’s breath control and phrasing are still a wonder. The program is almost all standards, with one Moody composition I hadn’t heard before, and the group is joined on the Percy Heath composition “Moody’s Groove” by singer Roberta Gambarini. Bassist Todd Coolman and drummer Adam Nussbaum provide perfectly balanced backing. This is a truly special album, made more so by the fact that both Moody and Jones passed away just a couple of years after its release.

Rick Anderson

Another Time: The Hilversum Concert cover

Another Time: The Hilversum Concert

Jack DeJohnette, Bill Evans, Eddie Gomez
What I Heard cover

What I Heard

Oliver Lake Organ Quartet
Glitter & Grits cover

Glitter & Grits

Deborah Silver
The New Standard cover

The New Standard

Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte
Speechless cover


Champian Fulton
Ow! Live at the Penthouse cover

Ow! Live at the Penthouse

Johnny Griffin, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Here Comes The Sun cover

Here Comes The Sun

Monty Alexander
Joy in Spite of Everything cover

Joy in Spite of Everything

Bill Frisell, Morten Lund, Mark Turner, Stefano Bollani, Jesper Bodilsen
The Feeling of Jazz cover

The Feeling of Jazz

Ken Peplowski, Tommy Newsom
Time Is the Enemy cover

Time Is the Enemy

Jonas Hellborg, Shawn Lane