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James Moody (March 26, 1925 - December 9, 2010) was a jazz saxophone and flute player. He was born in Savannah, Georgia. As he grew up in New Jersey, he was attracted to the saxophone after hearing Buddy Tate, Don Byas, and Count Basie. He recorded his first album for Blue Note Records in 1948. He is best known for his hit “Moody’s Mood for Love,” an improvisation based on I’m in the Mood for Love. He often played with Dizzy Gillespie and worked with Mike Longo. He was an active member of the Baha’i Faith. Moody passed away at a hospice in San Diego, survived by his wife Linda and three sons.


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  • Konkapa

    His New Sounds was one of my first jazz albums. RIP brother:(

    11 Dec 2010 Reply
  • BoultonRox5

    R.I.P. One of the GREATS.......... We've lost a lot of greats this year.......

    11 Dec 2010 Reply
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    R.I.P. Moody's Mood For Love is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Very sad to see so few comments and listens

    10 Dec 2010 Reply

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