A self-titled, self-produced new album from bassist Andy Woodson’s group, Magically Delicious, contains fourteen tracks of new originals and uncommon standards played in a straight-ahead jazz style with a twist. In a departure from the standard jazz album, the CD also includes some non-jazz tunes like the Lennon and McCartney "Dear Prudence," and the rock-based Frank Zappa "Medley # 1." Nevertheless, this is by and large a jazz project featuring music from jazz giants like Theloniuos Monk, ("Off Minor",) Charles Mingus ("Reincarnation of A Love Bird,") and Joe Henderson’s "Isotope."
My favorite piece of music here has to be the thundering Clifford Brown opener "Daahoud," which comes across as a very lively up-tempo tune that sets the pace for the entire album. As one listens to the music you can’t help but get the impression that the players were having one heck of a good time in the studio. It’s simply a fun recording to hear.
Aside from bassist Woodson, the quartet consist of a couple of multi reed men with Michael Cox (tenor, alto, soprano and bass clarinet) and Kris Keith (flute, tenor, baritone and soprano) backed up by drummer Andy McClung. Together the group plays tight arrangements and produce an entertaining session of music with Magically Delicious.