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James Moody

James Moody was an institution in jazz from the late '40s into the 21st century, whether on tenor, flute, occasional alto, or yodeling his way through his "Moody's Mood for Love." After serving in the Air Force (1943-1946), he joined Dizzy Gillespie's bebop orchestra and began a lifelong friendship with the trumpeter. Moody toured Europe with Gillespie and then stayed overseas for several years, working with Miles Davis, Max Roach, and top European players. His 1949 recording of "I'm in the Mood for Love" became a hit in 1952 under the title of "Moody's Mood for Love" with classic vocalese lyrics written by Eddie Jefferson and a best-selling recording by King Pleasure. After returning to the U.S., Moody formed a septet that lasted for five years, recorded extensively for Prestige and Argo, took up the flute, and then from 1963-1968, was a member of Dizzy Gillespie's quintet. He worked in Las Vegas show bands during much of the 1970s before returning to jazz, playing occasionally with Gillespie, mostly working as a leader and recording with Lionel Hampton's Golden Men of Jazz. Moody, who alternated between tenor (which he preferred) and alto throughout his career, had an original sound on both horns. He was also one of the best flutists in jazz. Moody recorded as a leader for numerous labels, including Blue Note, Xanadu, Vogue, Prestige, EmArcy, Mercury, Argo, DJM, Milestone, Perception, MPS, Muse, Vanguard, and Novus. He died of complications from pancreatic cancer on December 9, 2010 in San Diego, CA. James Moody was 85 years old. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Moody 4A

1. Secret Love

2. Voyage

3. 'round Midnight

4. Without A Song

5. Stella By Starlight

6. East Of The Sun

7. Stablemates

8. Bye Bye Blackbird

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Track List: Chronological Classics: James Moody 1951-1954

2. Margie

6. Hey Jim

7. Moody's Theme

10. Poor Butterfly

12. St. Louis Blues

13. The James Moody Story

14. And Now Moody Speaks

18. A Hundred Years From Today

19. Keepin' Up With The Jonesy

20. Workshop

21. That Man O' Mine

22. Over The Rainbow

23. Jack Raggs

24. Mambo With Moody

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Track List: Chronological Classics: James Moody, 1951

1. Love Walked In

3. Moody's Bounce

5. Pennies From Heaven

6. Cherokee

7. Aimer Comme Je T'aime

8. Bedelia

9. Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes)

10. Si Jolie

11. Chanter Pour Toi

14. September Serenade

15. More Than You Know

16. Deep Purple

17. I Cover The Waterfront

18. Moody's Mode

19. That's My Desire

20. Bootsie

22. This Is Always

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Track List: The World Is A Ghetto

1. World Is A Ghetto

2. Don't Let Me Be Lonely

3. Good Sense Humor Man

4. Country City Country

5. Trilby

6. You're Right As Rain

7. Moody's Mood

8. First Thing In The Morning

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Track List: 1950-1951

1. Big And Little E

3. That's It

4. Embraceable You

5. A Date With Kate

6. Mean To Me

7. Delooney

11. Nath - Part 1

13. I Can't Get Started

14. Riffin' And Raphin'

15. St Louis Blues

16. In A Rush

18. The Man I Love

19. Again

21. How Deep Is The Ocean

22. Am I Blue

23. I'll Get By

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Track List: 1949-1950

3. Three Bop Mice (Parts 1 & 2)

4. I'm In The Mood For Groovin'

5. The Flight Of The Bopple Bee

6. Body And Soul

7. I'm In The Mood For Love

8. Lester Leaps In

9. Indiana

10. Good Bait

11. Dexterious

12. Over The Rainbow

13. Blue And Moody

15. Michele By Accident

20. Period Suite (Parts 1 & 2)

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Track List: Priceless Jazz

1. Fly Me To The Moon

2. Ole

3. Flute And The Blues

4. Richard's Blues

5. Cup Bearers

6. Billie's Bounce

7. Trouble In De Lowlands

8. Daahoud

9. The Jazz Twist

10. One For Nat

11. Home Fries

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Track List: At The Jazz Workshop

1. Bloozey

2. The Jazz Twist

3. One For Nat

4. Bunny Boo

5. Moody Flooty

6. It Might As Well Be Spring

7. Disappointed

8. Sister Sadie

9. Little Buck

10. Home Fries

11. 'round Midnight

12. Stablemates

13. Moody's Mood For Love (I'm In The Mood For Love)

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Track List: Moody's Mood For Blues

1. I'm Gone

2. A Hundred Years From Today

3. Keepin' Up With Jonesy

4. Workshop

5. That Man O' Mine

6. Over The Rainbow

7. Jack Raggs

8. Mambo With Moody

9. It Might As Well Be Spring

10. It Might As Well Be Spring

11. Blues In The Closet

12. Moody's Mood For Blues

13. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

14. I Got The Blues

15. Blue Walk

16. Faster James

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Track List: Feelin' It Together

1. Anthropology

2. Dreams

3. Autumn Leaves

4. Wave

5. Morning Glory

6. Kriss Kross

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Track List: Off The Record

1. Darben The Redd Foxx

2. Little Girl Blue

3. Out Of Nowhere

4. Daahoud

5. Yesterdays

6. Cookie

7. With Malice Toward None

8. R.B.Q.

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Track List: Moody's Mood For Love

1. Foolin' The Blues

2. Plus Eight

3. I'm In The Mood For Love

4. Phil Up

5. You Go To My Head

6. Billie's Bounce

7. Stardust

8. Mean To Me

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Track List: Homage

1. A Message To Moody

2. Lazy Afternoon

3. Into The Shadows

4. Main Title: Glengarry, Glenross

5. Simplicity And Beauty

6. We All Love Moody

7. Moody Tune

8. And Then Again

9. Homage

10. When Lucy Smiles At Me

11. Love Was The Cause For All Good Things

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Timeless sounds never die they just grow better. ... Jug '52
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selaho37
Back in tha day
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selaho37
nack in tha day
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Now this is Music
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Moody you leave me speachlessss s s s
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this is real music
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I love your songs
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Moody offers a rite of passage that all need to take...what a ride, WHAT A RIDE!!!
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YOU CAN BLOW NOW IF YOU WANT TOO WERE THRU!RIP
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WORLD IS A GHETTO IS ABSOLUTLY SOUNDFULLY WONDERFUL
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Enjoyed being at a few live performances at Lennies on the Turnpike in Peabody, MA. Once with the Dizzy Gillepsie Quintet and a couple of times after that with his own group.
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LOVE HIS MUSIC!
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yale.roth
i met Moody one time at Jewels on Broad st in Philly in 1986 or so. he was a very cool guy.
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His live set with the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band was a great gig, and the recording from that show (MCG Jazz label) is very nice, indeed ...
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selaho37
Whats to comment? GREAT!!!
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This is one bit of pop music drek that jazz artists should eschew.
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dans_id
Benny's from heaven 'cause aint from me! :0).
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Not to be forgotten is the fact that Moody was one of the most entertaining artists when performing live in all of jazz.
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I'm related to Benny Golson
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85 and a legacy of a great body of work....not bad. Bodies don,t last forever and James and we got our monies worth outtah that one. Tks James. DMB
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One of the unsung greats of jazz. Good stuff!

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gordont27
he was one of the first artist that got me statred listing to jaxzz
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Moody''s Mood for Love, was an will always be.
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RIP JM..Thank for the many years of good listening... .
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billy3bam
...that was a good question about who the "sidemen" are on these priceless cuts!
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A talented man he'll be greatly missed.
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frank14342
R.I.P.
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doug.mayes
Moody makes the world a bettr place. I'd love to list the sidemen too. Good call.
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About Pandora...Is it possible to learn who the side men are on the jazz music?
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esquer
E of the sun BY james moody is just that! every one should at least play it ounce and get lost........ . . r e a l l y W O W !!!!
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jrvinson45
"Fly Me to the Moon," Sweeeeet!

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