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In many ways it was not so much that, once again, Danny Moss performed at CJC with his usual drive and energy, it was the fact that he was well enough to play at all. According to Danny, only four months ago, he was so weak that picking up a telephone was beyond him. Now he was not only capable of lifting a phone but also a tenor saxophone and rattling off a great selection of numbers in his inimitable, full-bodied style.
The evening got underway with a rumbustious ‘Just in Time’ followed by a driving ‘Lonesome Road’ which provided solo opportunities for Pete Godfrey on piano and John Woods on drums.
A 1946 movie affectionately remembered by Danny for its female star Betty Grable was the vehicle for the Dick Haines song ‘I Wish I Knew’. This haunting ballad was swiftly followed by ‘Hushabye’ – a tune based on an old Russian lullabye on which Danny not only delivered a rousing tenor solo but engaged in a beautiful interchange with bass-playing son, Danny Moss Jnr.
‘Make Someone Happy’ followed, allowing Pete Godfrey to express himself on piano although, as ever, the saxophone dominated proceedings, as it did with the beautiful tune ‘For Heaven’s Sake’, which will feature on a forthcoming CD. The first set closed on a blues.
The second half started with a request, ‘Autumn Leaves’ which was followed by ‘Don’t Take your Love from Me’ which had an enchanting solo from Pete Godfrey and the set also included Jeannie Lamb’s favourite, ‘Poor Butterfly’ as well as the standard ‘Indiana’. Also featured were a Frank Sinatra ballad, ‘Why Try to Change me Now’ and the up-tempo ‘Gone with the Wind’ starring son Danny on bass before a Neil Hefti classic brought proceedings to a close.