Today In Jazz

James Moody on “I’m in the Mood for Love”

October 12

After coming to fame as the featured tenor saxophonist with Dizzy Gillespie’s big band, James Moody settled down in Scandinavia in the late 40s, to sample life away from his native U.S.A.

Accorded the status of a dignified visiting artist, Moody recorded frequently with the best of the local jazz players, and on this date in 1949, picked up his alto and made the following recording of “I’m In The Mood For Love” while in Stockholm.

Accompanying Moody are Leppe Sundevall (trumpet) Thore Swanerud (piano) Yngve Akerberg (bass) Jack Noren (drums).

Vocalist King Pleasure heard the recording back in the States, put lyrics to it, and created the classic Moody’s For Love. Here’s Moody himself with Patti Austin doing it: