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James Moody

James Moody

the James Moody swing was a hard bopping pendulum


a triple threat to & fro on tenor, alto & flute

on an epic arc from the US Air Force Band

to pumping legato rhythm

with Dizzy Gillespie

to crash in a New Jersey institution

& emerge on Last Train from Overbrook

a recording with a 14 piece band of rollicking tranquility

plowing & cultivating a new music garden of adventure.


but to get into the Moody

the history axis spins to 1949 in Paris, France

with JM working the Club St. Germain

when an offer was made to journey

to Stockholm to play a club date & record.


in the studio

Moody noticed the Swedish saxman, Lars Guillin

had a beat up & down alto instrument

lying lonesome in the corner

on the floor.


it was strictly a tenor date.

the producer needed one more tune

& nothing was in the plan

on the music menu.


James Moody out of this world in epiphany realm

cocked his eye

to the beat alto

“Do you mind if I try it?”

& suggested





in one take

Moody stroked his big Hit

a grand slam into the Jazz Canon


as Leonard Feather would later brand it:

Moody’s “World Wide Mating Call.”





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