In the 1940s, the late Eddie Jefferson put lyrics to James Moody's alto saxophone solo on "I'm in the Mood for Love," transforming it into "Moody's Mood for Love." in 1952, King Pleasure's borrowed version of the piece was an enormous hit. Jefferson's pioneering of the form was overlooked in the fuss over Pleasure and, later, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. In fact, Jefferson had been setting lyrics to horn solos since 1940, when he matched words to Coleman Hawkins's "Body and Soul." In this 1968 recording, that classic is among nine pieces performed by Jefferson. James Moody, his longtime friend and associate, is in the supporting cast.
with James Moody, Dave Burns, Barry Harris, Steve Davis, Bill English