- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Perception PP-22 (1971)
- Original Album #2: Perception PP-6 (1970)
Description by OLDIES.com:
James Moody was one of the jazz world's most versatile players. He played both tenor and alto sax, was one of the best flutists around, and was a wonderful vocalist. He worked often with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Max Roach, and he led his own septet. Two of his finest albums are collected together on this compact disc.
- 1.Heritage Hum
- 2.Sound For Sore Ears
- 3.Road Runner
- 4.Can't Fool Around With Love
- 5.Rainy Days
- 6.Travel On
- 7.Parker's Mood
- 8.Pennies From Heaven
- 10.Rest Sweetly Brother Dove
- 12.New Spirit
- 13.Hello, Goodbye ("Right On Brother Beatles")
- 14.Behind Every Good Man
- 15.Street Talk Suite
2 LP's on 1 CD: HERITAGE HUM/THE TEACHERS.
Includes liner notes by Mark Marymont.
Personnel: James Moody (saxophone, flute); Eddie Jefferson (vocals); Michael Longo (piano); Sam Jones (acoustic bass); Frederick Waits (drums).
Engineer: John Sadler.
Personnel: James Moody (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, flute); Richard Meisterman, Jay Silva, Bob Summers, Jay Thomas (trumpet); Michael Gibson (trombone); Steve McCord (guitar); Paul Petruccelli, John Trivers (bass); Chip White (drums); Jon Huston, Joe Brazil, Howard Wyeth, Barry Lazuruwitz, Otis Smith, Paul Dicker.
Producers: Michael Gibson, Jon Huston, Howard Wyeth.
Engineer: Jonathan Thyer.
Personnel: James Moody (flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eddie Jefferson (vocals); Steve McCord (guitar); Richard Meisterman, Jay Silva, Jay Thomas, Bob Summers (trumpet); Michael Gibson (trombone); Mike Longo (piano); Samuel Jones (upright bass); Chip White, Frederick Waits (drums).
Audio Mixer: Patrick Adams.
Liner Note Author: Mark Marymont.
Recording information: Town Hall.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Barry Lazarowitz; Joe Brazil; Jon Huston; Otis Smith; Howie Wyeth.
James Moody's formidable saxophone and flute are heard here in the service of some very credible performances, along with some of more dubious merit. Both Heritage Hum and The Teachers were originally released in 1970, but there is a world of stylistic and artistic difference between the two.
Heritage Hum is a satisfying mainstream quartet date, with the leader joined by the solid rhythm section of bassist Sam Jones, drummer Freddie Waits, and pianist Mike Longo. Moody sticks with the flute mostly, making clear his deserved ranking as one of the finest jazz flutists. Eddie Jefferson, who wrote the lyrics for King Pleasure's 1952 hit "Moody's Mood for Love" (based on Moody's version of "I'm in the Mood for Love"), contributes wry lyrics and vocals on his reworked versions of "Parker's Mood" and "Pennies From Heaven." The Teachers, on the other hand, is an example of the far too numerous, clumsy jazz-pop crossover attempts from this era. Eschewing the straight-ahead verities of Heritage Hum, The Teachers opts too often for faddish rock bombast. The results frequently sound hopelessly dated. The title track blows like a fourth-ranked runner-up for the theme to an early-'70s cop show. "Unchained" and "Behind Every Good Man" are decent, funky flute workouts, but that still leaves the listener with such low points as a superfluous version of the Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" and the puzzling, ersatz psychedelia of "Street Talk Suite." ~ Jim Todd