Saturday, December 11, 2010

"Moody's Mood For Love" by James Moody.

OK, back to the 40's (RIP): This jazz giant left us yesterday at the tender age of 85. An accomplished saxophonist and flautist, he was born partially deaf and with a lisp. His best-known piece was a 1949 sax solo which he improvised during a visit to Sweden. Strongly influenced by Charlie "Bird" Parker, vocalese lyrics were later added by Eddie Jefferson. Further popularized by King Pleasure in '54. The original tune was a 1935 McHugh/Fields composition introduced by Frances Langford in the movie "Every Night At Eight". "Alfalfa" sang it in a '36 "Our Gang" short and it became his signature song. Artist? Solo? Original song?

Yesterday's answer: "500 Miles". Great tune! If you like 60's folk, you HAVE to watch Christopher Guest's mockumentary "A Mighty Wind".

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