James Moody (born March 26 1925) is a jazz saxophone and flute player. He is best known for his hit "Moody's Mood for Love," an improvisation based on I'm in the Mood for Love; in performance, he often improvises vocals for that tune.
In 1948 he recorded his first album, for Blue Note Records, the first of a long recording career playing both saxophone and flute. That same year he relocated to Europe, where he stayed for three years, saying he had been "scarred by racism" in the U.S . His European work, including the first recording of "Moody's Mood For Love" saw him add the alto saxophone to his repertoire and helped to establish him as recording artist in his own right, and were part of the growth of European jazz. Then in 1952 he returned to the U.S. to a recording career with Prestige Records and others, playing the flute and the soprano saxophone as well as tenor and baritone. In the 1960s he rejoined Dizzy Gillespie. He later worked also with Mike Longo.
Even as an octogenarian, Moody travels and performs globally, both as a featured guest and as a leader of his own group, the James Moody Quartet (with pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist Todd Coolman, and drummer Adam Nussbaum). Moody plays regularly with Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars Big Band and also often collaborates with former Gillespie alumnus, the trumpeter-composer-conductor Jon Faddis; Faddis and Moody worked in 2007 with the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany under the direction of Michael Abene.
these two are Moody's first albums featuring pianist Kenny Barron and have been released on a single CD as Fly Me to the Moon.
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