Wail Moody Wail, Hi-Fi Party, Flute 'N The Blues and Moody's Mood For Love. Avid.
The phenomenal saxophonist James Moody famed for his 1949 version of "I'm in the Mood for Love," is an original master of bebop--the first style of modern jazz developed in the late 1940s. Born on March 26, 1925, in Savannah, Georgia. James took up the alto sax, a gift from his uncle, at the age of 16. Within a few years he fell under the spell of the deeper more full-bodied tenor saxophone after hearing Buddy Tate and Don Byas perform with the Count Basie Band at the Adams Theater in Newark, New Jersey. He studied composition with Dizzy Gillespie, composition and theory with Tom McIntosh, and theory with Michael Longo. Early in his outstanding musical career, Moody worked with bebop founders and legends such as saxophonist Charlie Parker, pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Kenny Clarke, and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie to forge a radical style of music marked by complicated improvisation and vast harmonic territory for jazz soloists.
For over six decades, Moody proved himself to be a fluent soloist on the tenor and alto saxophone, as well as the flute. Decades after the creation of bebop, Moody's musical style and vision continue to evolve. "Over the years, Moody has become so free - not in a random fashion, but a scientific freedom - that he can do anything he wants with the saxophone.... He has true knowledge. He is in complete control," saxophonist Jimmy Heath said in a press interview. Moody has been honoured by receiving induction into the International Jazz Hall of Fame, and he was presented with the Jazz Masters Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1998.
Moody has a healthy respect for tradition, but takes great delight in discovering new musical paths, which makes him one of the most consistently expressive and enduring figures in modern jazz today. To quote Peter Watrous of the New York Times, "As a musical explorer, performer, collaborator and composer he has made an indelible contribution to the rise of American music as the dominant musical force of the twentieth century."
With ‘Four Classic Albums’ AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from James Moody, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. Albums comprise ”Wail, Moody Wail"; "Hi-Fi Party"; "Flute 'N The Blues" and "Moody's Mood For Love”.