Friday, December 10, 2010

Moody's Gone.....

Sad news this morning.  James Moody, just Moody to his friends, died yesterday, December 9th.  I was lucky enough to have caught his performamces a few times, usually in accompaniment with another group or singer.  What always struck me, aside from his smooth playing (and I am NOT referring to Smooth Jazz!??!), was his self-effacing manner.  No wonder everyone loved playing with him.  If there was praise to be doled out, he always made sure it was shed on his fellow musicians, keeping only scraps for himself.
...and I never tired of his live versions of "Moody's Mood for Love".  While his vocals weren't strong, they were passionate and earnest.   Moody will be missed.

Here's another YouTube, a tribute to Mr. Moody for his 83rd birthday, as sone by that great jazz station, WBGO, out of Newark, NJ.  He was 85 at the time of his death.

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