Coffee Break

James Moody

James Moody

Songwriter James Moody
Year Written unknown
About Coffee Break
The composer of Coffee Break, James Moody, joined Dizzy Gillespie’s bebop orchestra after his service in the Air Force ended in 1946. Moody primarily played tenor saxophone, but also played soprano and
alto sax and the flute. While a member of various Gillespie groups, he had an active solo and composing career as well. He was named a Jazz Master in 1998 by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Workin’ hard is stimulating
Now arrest your contemplating
Won’t be long now then you may take
That most delightful welcome coffee break

You’re a modern thinking person
But you mind needs some diversion
So get ready to depart now
For that delightful welcome coffee break

Now you’ve got your coffee
And its hot and black too
Watch your waistline
Can’t use cream

Look who’s sittin’ there now
Isn’t that a treat now?
Sittin’ next to you: a dream

Now you’ve had your inspiration
Coffee, cream and conversation
Back to work now no diversion
You’ve had a most delightful coffee break

Session / Album Information


“Coffee Break” was recorded on September 1, 1967; it was released on the album Summer of ’42. It was arranged by Torrie Zito and produced by Howard A. Roberts.

Coffee Break

Listen to Coffee Break on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1971.

This recording released on:

  • 1972: Columbia LP 12″: C 31219 — Summer Of ’42
  • 1972: CBS LP 12″: S64848 — Summer Of ’42 (UK)
  • 2011: Disc #43 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK42) Summer of ’42

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