Hank Mobley – Soul Station

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This 1960 session broke the usual Blue Note quintet mold, with Mobley’s tenor saxophone featured with just a rhythm section, one that happened to be the best of the era. Pianist Wynton Kelly and bassist Paul Chambers were working regularly with Mobley in Miles Davis’s band, while the explosive drummer Art Blakey had worked with him in the original, cooperative form of the Jazz Messengers, and the familiarity shows. Blue Note had a reputation for producing “meat ‘n’ potatoes” jazz, and no musician would better fit the description than Mobley, who went about the task of making music with a workmanlike focus and a consistency that didn’t attract nearly the attention it deserved. Mobley was one of the most talented saxophonists of his generation, a superbly lyrical artist who blended an inventive tunefulness with taut rhythmic attentiveness. The flowing blues of the title track is a particularly fine example of his art. And to say this session is exemplary would be an understatement. A true classic.

Tracklist

01. Remember
02. This I Dig Of You
03. Dig Dis
04. Split Feelin’s
05. Soul Station
06. If I Should Lose You

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One Response to “Hank Mobley – Soul Station”

  1. Andrew says:

    Hank Mobley is one of my all time favorite tenors and this is without a doubt his finest effort. This is among, and also perhaps the greatest Hard Bop album ever recorded. Thank you so much for posting it.

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