Saxophonist James Moody died Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 85.
Moody's name and career are forever linked to "Moody's Mood for Love," the minor hit single that inspired singer Eddie Jefferson to set Moody's improvisation to lyrics. Van Morrison, George Benson and Queen Latifah are among at least a dozen artists who have covered the song.
The jazz great was also known for his skillful, soulful improvisations on flute and various saxophones. Moody kept performing and touring until recently, when his illness made it impossible.