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Weekend Extra: James Moody, Flutist

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One of the pre-eminent alto and tenor saxophonists of his time, James Moody (1925-2010) was also a flutist of extraordinary technique and imagination. Dozens of saxophonists have doubled on flute and a few—Sam Most, Eric Dolphy and Paul Horn, among them—have become as well-known for their flute playing as for their saxophone work. Moody was celebrated equally for both. For eight years in the 1960s and 1970s he was the other horn in Dizzy Gillespie’s quintet. From the mid-forties they were so close musically and personally that Gillespie once said, “Playing with James Moody is like playing with a continuation of myself.”

Here is the Gillespie quintet in France in 1965. Dizzy introduces the members. Moody flutes the blues.



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