King Pleasure – Interpretation Of Moods
• Collection of hits from the jazz vocalist King Pleasure
• Includes Moody’s Mood, Golden Days, Parker’s Mood and more
King Pleasure was one of the early masters of vocalese — a style in which lyrics are written and sung to the solos of jazz instrumentalists. The charismatic improviser is best known for his 1952 hit Moody’s Mood for Love, for which Eddie Jefferson wrote lyrics to tenor saxman James Moody’s 1949 improvisation on the standard I’m in the Mood for Love.
Pleasure was also praised for his interpretations of classics like Lester Young’s “DB Blues,” Charlie Parker’s “Parker’s Mood,” and Gene Ammons’ “Red Top” in the 1950s, and he had a direct or indirect influence on Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Bob Dorough, Mark Murphy, Al Jarreau, Lou Lanza and even the Manhattan Transfer.
Pleasure was still recording in the early ’60s, although the impact of his early work would remain long after his death in 1982. In the late ’90s, one could hear Pleasure’s influence on such promising vocalists as Ian Shaw and Lou Lanza.
All of Me
Don’t Worry ’bout Me
No Not Much
Tomorrow is Another Day
Little Boy, Don’t Get Scared
The New Symphony Sid