Friday, April 4, 2014

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Moody's Mood For Love ( sax transcription)

Moody's Mood For Love ( alto sax key)2 pages. In teaching jazz, and talking to students for decades....One of my main concerns has been roots. To often people want to play complex things, and jump into areas that should be dealt with AFTER basic skills, roots and history are dealt with.Knowing what came before and the study of it, is the only way to realize what there is to do. Imitation is timeless and a must if you want to have foundation in your playing. To be blunt....if you do not know " Moodys Mood For Love" then you really are not ready for " Giant Steps". This solo of James Moody, is one of those things. Many times people just do NOT know about it. Listen to all the versions of this you can find. The things Moody did with it, be it playing or singing were amazing. James Moody was together in places that most people don't have! LOL...He gave me a lesson in the old " Hotel Taft" in 1973- in NYC. He told me the lesson was on him, he wouldn't take the money. This man could play a major scale & make it sound hip. I'll never forget him. Just thought this would be of interest -and something any player worth their salt needs to know. Thank you....remember the great James Moody. Enjoy- and learn this- Tim Price


  1. James Moody, another great sax player. I was given a Moody's Mood For Love transcription by my 1st sax teacher Al Sigismondi. I learned it and I can still play it. It's a great solo, very melodic.


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  4. Too bad it is transcribed in concert d-flat when the tune, and the original record from Sweden is in concert C.