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Farewell, Moody

10 DEC 10 DAVID VIENNA

Jazz legend James Moody passed away Thursday. He was 85. During Moody's impressive career, which began in the late-'40s, he worked with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington and Milt Jackson, to name a few.

Born in Savannah, GA in 1925, Moody played many wind instruments in high school, but took up tenor sax after attending a show by The Count Basie Orchestra. After a stint in the Air Force, he joined Gillespie's big band, then set off to make his own recordings. Probably his most popular track was his take on the classic "I'm In The Mood For Love" from a 1949 European date available on James Moody & The Swedish All-Stars: Greatest Hits! That inspired King Pleasure's huge hit "Moody's Mood For Love."

In the '70s, Moody played in bands that backed artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Liberace. He was such a powerful force and influence on the jazz community that jazz fan Clint Eastwood cast him in Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil and Bill Cosby hosted his 80th birthday celebration. Nominated for numerous Grammy awards, he was named an NEW Jazz Master in 1998.

We at Concord Music Group thank Moody for his decades of incredible music and send our deepest condolences to his family.

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