This is, in my opinion, Clark Terry's best effort in terms of music/sound combination. The music here is exquisite --- terry is simply jaw dropping in his solos and the heart, the passion, and the sheer beauty of the music here is amazing. Clark Terry is often jaw-dropping great in CD after CD --- but what makes this CD so sensational is that the recorded sound is so natural and so open with pinpoint imaging that it is like having this band in your room. This is one of the 5 most played of my 1000 jazz CD's.
Clark Terry's "Mellow Moods" is another Prestige two-albums-on-one-CD title that has sadly been remaindered. The first eight tracks comprise the original Moodsville album "Everything's Mellow," recorded on July 21, 1961 and featuring Terry on trumpet and flugelhorn, Junior Mance on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass and Charlie Persip on drums. After his collaborations with Thelonious Monk, In Orbit and Serenade to a Bus Seat, it has to be my favorite Terry album. The last eight tracks are from the Moodsville album "All American," which features the compositions of Lee Adams and Charles Strouse, of "Bye Bye Birdie" fame. Aside from the bombastic, patriotic march opener "What A Country" and the raucous concluding "Fight Song," most of this material is befitting of the "mellow" title. These May 1962 sessions contain arrangements by Oliver Nelson, and an extended lineup of Terry, Budd Johnson on tenor sax, Lester Robinson on trombone, George Barrow on baritone sax, Eddie Costa (in one of his last recordings) on piano and vibes, Art Davis on bass, and Ed Shaughnessy on drums. Anyone in the mood to buy this disc should act fast.