These 24 performances, made in Sweden between 1949 and 1951, helped cement James Moody's reputation as a significant bopper and balladeer on alto and tenor saxophones (as well as helping establish Swedish jazz players as being Europe's most receptive to the new sounds of bebop). Moody (b. 1925) forged a style whose earthiness and surprising lines marked him as one of a select few young saxists who did more than simply copy Charlie Parker's licks. He's backed by several different small groups ranging from quartets to octets (whose personnels include the alto saxophonist Arne Domnerus and the baritonist Lars Gullin), as well as an ensemble featuring a harpist and string section. These "Greatest Hits" offer solo after solo of concise excellence and one of them--on "I'm in the Mood For Love"--would provide the basis for one of jazz's all-time biggest records, the singer King Pleasure's 1952 vocalese smash "Moody's Mood for Love."