Moody’s Mood (for Love) is part of the 1980 album “Give Me the Night” by George Benson. Originally, “Moody’s Mood for Love” is jazz saxophonist James Moody’s 1949 instrumental solo based on Jimmy McHugh’s 1935 song “I’m in the Mood for Love” with lyrics later added by Eddie Jefferson. King Pleasure eventually released a very popular vocal version in 1954. Other artists who later released renditions of the song include Van Morrison, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, Tito Puente, Kermit Ruffins, The Ray Gelato Giants, Amy Winehouse, Mina and Georgie Fame. In 1995 Quincy Jones released a multi-harmony version of the track with his album Q’s Jook Joint featuring the artists Take 6 in collaboration with Brian McKnight. The song also has been featured on an episode of The Cosby Show, as well as in an early 1990s Gap television commercial.

George Benson (born March 22, 1943)is a ten Grammy Award winning American musician, whose production career began at the age of twenty-one as a jazz guitarist. At various points along the four-decade continuum of George Benson’s career, he has been heralded as a jazz guitarist of unparalleled chops, a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication or a combination of both. However, he regards himself as an entertainer in the broadest sense of the word – a singer of songs, a spinner of tales.

More than forty years after Benson cut his first recordings, could the songs ever become repetitive? Could the stories get old? “If they did, I would be the first to know,” he says, “because I get bored quickly. If that ever happens, I’ll find something else to do. But it has yet to happen, and it never will. Music is too incredible of an experience for me. There’s always someone new coming along with a fresh idea that turns the music inside out and changes the way we listen and think. There’s always someone out there – someone we’ve never even heard of yet – with a new song and a new story.”

In 2009, Benson was recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts as a Jazz Master, the nations highest honor in Jazz. In the fall of the same year, Benson finished recording a new album titled Songs and Stories. The album is a collection of tunes penned by some of the most prolific and enduring songwriters of the last half-century, including James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, Lamont Dozier, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway and several others. Some were written specifically for this new recording, while others were hand-picked by Benson for their ability to convey simple but universal truths about the human experience.

George and his wife Johnnie have been married since 1965.

Sources: Wikipedia 1, 2 | Official Website


This track is a Capitol radio session, circa 1981 or 1982, very early on the career of Basia Trzetrzelewska, long before she became a solo artist and popularized herself with her album, “Time and Tide.” Basia provided the vocals with Ian Lynn on the piano. Music by Ronnie Ross and lyrics by Peter Ross. The album was called “Basia and Danny White rarities, 1981.”

Basia Trzetrzelewska is a Polish singer-songwriter and record producer. She is noted for possessing a wide vocal range, approximately three octaves that span from contralto to soprano tessituras, as well as her singular jazz-influenced stylings and multi-layered harmonies. Born in Jaworzno, Poland, she debuted as a guest of local amateur rock band Astry and performed with them on Polish Festival of Beat Avangarde in Kalisz, where they won in 1969. She later relocated to London in 1981. It was there she met Mark Reilly and longtime collaborator Danny White (brother of jazz guitarist Peter White). In 1983, the trio performed as the jazz-pop group Bronze but later changed their name to Matt Bianco and recorded their debut album Whose Side Are You On?, released in 1984.

After launching her solo career in 1987, her first album Time and Tide was released which sold almost two million copies, hitting it on the top 30 list on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Sources: Wikipedia | Yaunar Berbinar Senar

I Miss You is from this Finnish artist’s 2005 album, “Seasons of Life.” Born Janita Maria Ervi née Raukko in Helsinki on December 28, 1978, she started her career in Finland and later moved to Brooklyn at the age of 17. Janita has released five albums in her native Finland—one of which, Tunteita (2001), was released in English to the U.S. market. Seasons of Life was released in the United States on 16 May 2006 and in Japan on 21 September 2006. Her latest album, Haunted, was released worldwide on 27 July 2010 by Engine Company Records.

Before moving to Brooklyn as a seventeen-year-old, Janita had already been a superstar outside of the United States. In her native Finland she was a national icon, the premiere recording artist on radio and television, awash with awards, constant touring and commercial success: a historic and pioneering career, all while still a teenager. She was quickly signed by Sony after moving to New York, capitalizing on her international celebrity. Her eponymous debut was followed by 2001’s I’ll Be Fine and 2006’s Seasons Of Life, the latter scoring her two Top-40 hits on the US Charts. But throughout, Janita saw her own musical vision often being pushed aside for what she was told would be “safer” and in everyone’s best interest.

On the heels of her most commercially successful release to date, Janita returns with her highly anticipated new album, Haunted. The latest in an already acclaimed discography, Haunted is helmed by an artist with the courage and determination to evolve—not only out of artistic desire, but personal necessity.

“The great artists aren’t afraid to grow while retaining what was unique about them in the first place.”

Sources: Wikipedia | Engine Company Records | Facebook | MySpace

Michael Pedicin, Jr. is a name I haven’t heard for a long time, until a Facebook friend shared this song on her wall. I think it was 1980 that I first heard this ever-famous saxophone music during that life’s era of jazz music. Man, this brings back a lot of good (and some bad) memories!

Michael Pedicin Jr. is a second-generation saxophonist. He was born on July 29, 1947, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and raised in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Both towns are suburbs of Philadelphia. His dad, alto saxophonist and singer Mike Pedicin, was an extremely popular entertainer and bandleader in the Philadelphia area for more than six decades until his retirement 13 years ago at age 80. Now 93, he remains in good health and drives his convertible around town every day, according to his son.

During a prolific career that spans more than four decades, the tenor saxophone toured with such jazz greats as Maynard Ferguson, Dave Brubeck, Stanley Clarke, and Pat Martino, as well as R&B, rock, and pop icons Stevie Wonder, the O’Jays, David Bowie, and Lou Rawls. He even played behind Frank Sinatra a few times. He has recorded 10 albums under his own name since 1980 and considers the tenth one, “Ballads…searching for peace,” just released on the Jazz Hut label, to be his crowning achievement.

“I idolized my dad as a saxophonist,” Pedicin Jr. says. “I used to walk around with a saxophone strap around my neck before I could even play a C scale. I wanted to be like him and look like him. He was a matinee-idol-looking guy. He was really high-energy on stage, threw the saxophone around, did ‘Harlem Nocturne’ and ‘April in Paris,’ and had audiences screaming.”


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