HANK MOBLEY

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Henry (Hank) Mobley (July 7, 1930 – May 30, 1986) was an American hard bop and soul jazz tenor saxophonist and composer. Mobley was described by Leonard Feather as the "middleweight champion of the tenor saxophone", a metaphor used to describe his tone that was neither as aggressive as John Coltrane nor as mellow as Stan Getz. This description however was translated by jazz connoisseurs as though Mobley was mediocre. And as his style was laid-back, subtle and melodic, especially in contrast with players like Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, it took connoisseurs until after his demise to fully appreciate his talent.

Mobley was born in Eastman, Georgia, but was raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey, near Newark. Early in his career, he worked with Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach. He took part in one of the landmark hard bop sessions, alongside Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Doug Watkins and trumpeter Kenny
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HANK MOBLEY Hank Mobley Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hank Mobley Quartet
Hard Bop 1955
HANK MOBLEY Mobley's Message (aka 52nd St. Theme) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mobley's Message (aka 52nd St. Theme)
Hard Bop 1956
HANK MOBLEY Jazz Message 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Message 2
Hard Bop 1956
HANK MOBLEY Mobley's 2nd Message album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mobley's 2nd Message
Hard Bop 1957
HANK MOBLEY With Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
With Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan
Hard Bop 1957
HANK MOBLEY Hank Mobley And His All Stars album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Hank Mobley And His All Stars
Hard Bop 1957
HANK MOBLEY Hank Mobley Quintet album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Hank Mobley Quintet
Hard Bop 1957
HANK MOBLEY Hank Mobley Sextet ‎: Hank album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hank Mobley Sextet ‎: Hank
Hard Bop 1957
HANK MOBLEY Hank Mobley album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hank Mobley
Hard Bop 1957
HANK MOBLEY Tenor Conclave (with Al Cohn / John Coltrane / Zoot Sims) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Tenor Conclave (with Al Cohn / John Coltrane / Zoot Sims)
Hard Bop 1957
HANK MOBLEY Peckin' Time album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Peckin' Time
Hard Bop 1959
HANK MOBLEY Soul Station album cover 4.44 | 9 ratings
Soul Station
Hard Bop 1960
HANK MOBLEY Roll Call album cover 4.80 | 5 ratings
Roll Call
Hard Bop 1960
HANK MOBLEY Workout album cover 4.32 | 11 ratings
Workout
Hard Bop 1961
HANK MOBLEY No Room for Squares album cover 4.29 | 7 ratings
No Room for Squares
Hard Bop 1963
HANK MOBLEY The Turnaround album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
The Turnaround
Hard Bop 1965
HANK MOBLEY A Caddy for Daddy album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
A Caddy for Daddy
Hard Bop 1966
HANK MOBLEY Dippin' album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Dippin'
Hard Bop 1966
HANK MOBLEY Hi Voltage album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Hi Voltage
Hard Bop 1967
HANK MOBLEY Reach Out album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Reach Out
Hard Bop 1968
HANK MOBLEY The Flip album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Flip
Hard Bop 1969
HANK MOBLEY A Slice of the Top album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
A Slice of the Top
Hard Bop 1979
HANK MOBLEY Thinking Of Home album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Thinking Of Home
Hard Bop 1980
HANK MOBLEY Poppin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Poppin'
Hard Bop 1980
HANK MOBLEY Third Season album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Third Season
Hard Bop 1980
HANK MOBLEY Hank Mobley With Donald Byrd And Lee Morgan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hank Mobley With Donald Byrd And Lee Morgan
Hard Bop 1983
HANK MOBLEY Hank Mobley Quintet Featuring Sonny Clark (aka Curtain Call) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hank Mobley Quintet Featuring Sonny Clark (aka Curtain Call)
Hard Bop 1984
HANK MOBLEY Another Workout album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Another Workout
Hard Bop 1985
HANK MOBLEY Far Away Lands album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Far Away Lands
Hard Bop 1985
HANK MOBLEY Straight No Filter album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Straight No Filter
Hard Bop 1986

HANK MOBLEY EPs & splits

HANK MOBLEY live albums

HANK MOBLEY Monday Night At Birdland (aka Estrellas Del Jazz) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monday Night At Birdland (aka Estrellas Del Jazz)
Hard Bop 1959
HANK MOBLEY Hank Mobley, Billy Root, Curtis Fuller, Lee Morgan ‎: Another Monday Night At Birdland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hank Mobley, Billy Root, Curtis Fuller, Lee Morgan ‎: Another Monday Night At Birdland
Hard Bop 1959
HANK MOBLEY Newark 1953 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Newark 1953
Hard Bop 2012
HANK MOBLEY To one so sweet. Stay that way: Hank Mobley in Holland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To one so sweet. Stay that way: Hank Mobley in Holland
Hard Bop 2017

HANK MOBLEY demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

HANK MOBLEY re-issues & compilations

HANK MOBLEY Messages album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Messages
Hard Bop 1976
HANK MOBLEY Hank Mobley With Kenny Clarke : Hard Bop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hank Mobley With Kenny Clarke : Hard Bop
Hard Bop 1979
HANK MOBLEY The Blue Note Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Blue Note Years
Hard Bop 1988
HANK MOBLEY The Blue Note Years: The Best Of Hank Mobley album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Blue Note Years: The Best Of Hank Mobley
Hard Bop 1996
HANK MOBLEY The Complete Blue Note Hank Mobley Fifties Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Blue Note Hank Mobley Fifties Sessions
Hard Bop 1998
HANK MOBLEY Complete The Jazz Message Sessions with Kenny Clarke 1953-1956 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete The Jazz Message Sessions with Kenny Clarke 1953-1956
Hard Bop 2003
HANK MOBLEY Music for Lovers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music for Lovers
Hard Bop 2006
HANK MOBLEY Dig Dis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dig Dis
Hard Bop 2011
HANK MOBLEY Eight Classic Albums album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eight Classic Albums
Hard Bop 2011
HANK MOBLEY Touch And Go album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Touch And Go
Hard Bop 2013
HANK MOBLEY Four Classic Albums album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Four Classic Albums
Hard Bop 2017
HANK MOBLEY Complete Hank Mobley Blue Note Sessions 1963-70 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Hank Mobley Blue Note Sessions 1963-70
Hard Bop 2019

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HANK MOBLEY Thinking Of Home

Album · 1980 · Hard Bop
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Steve Wyzard
ONE OF HIS LAST (AND BEST)

30 years after his untimely death, and we still hear the same old adages repeated about Hank Mobley: "Sonny Rollins meets Stan Getz", "the middleweight champ of the tenor sax", et al. Yes, some will always hold it against Hank that he walked the earth with some true giants and was never considered as ground-breaking or as influential as some of his peers. Even Blue Note withheld the release of many of his albums until long after they'd been recorded. This naturally led many to assume: if they're so great, why weren't they released right away? (Answer: record company politics). When Hank's work is acclaimed, it's almost always his early-to-mid 1960s albums that are mentioned, while the rest are politely dismissed or ignored.

Take a listen to Thinking of Home, recorded in 1970 and released in 1980 as one of Blue Note's highly-regarded "LT" series. This was one of Hank's last recordings before health issues forced him into early retirement. With a fabulous band (Woody Shaw: trumpet, Cedar Walton: piano, Eddie Diehl: guitar, Mickey Bass: bass, and Leroy Williams: drums), this album demands an honest re-appraisal by those who have otherwise written Hank off. A good case can even be made for Thinking of Home as a "career summation" album, as all of Mobley's influences are given a moment in the spotlight.

The album opens with a 10-minute suite, moving from an emotionally charged adagio to a straight-ahead center-section with solos, before closing with a leisurely "almost" bossa-nova. Very few could navigate so effectively through so many mood changes, but Hank pulls it off with aplomb. The late great Woody Shaw takes the first electrifying solo, and his devout following is immediately urged to buy this album to hear yet another phenomenal example of his blistering trumpet playing. "Justine", driven by Bass and Williams, is not only this album's masterpiece, but also one of Hank's greatest moments ever. This one will stay in your head long after it's over, and Mobley and Shaw's solos are simply miraculous. On "side-two", "You Gotta Hit It" provides vigorous hard bop after a relaxed opening, "Gayle's Groove" nods toward New Orleans, and "Talkin' About Gittin' It" acknowledges Hank's soul/r'n'b influences.

Don't let Thinking of Home's late release date fool you: this is more than just a "worthy addition" to the Mobley catalog or a record company cash-in. Nor is it a last desperate gasp by someone on his way out the door, but in actuality is a forward-looking statement that gives a tantalizing taste of what could have been had Hank been allowed to continue into the 1970s. This album will repay many re-listens, and I highly recommend it to all Mobley and Shaw fans, as well as to those who enjoy the classic Blue Note sound.

HANK MOBLEY Workout

Album · 1961 · Hard Bop
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Matt
One of his best and it came straight after "Soul Station" the following year. "Workout" always reminds me of city streets on a wet night like all great jazz does and Hank Mobley could play just that with some great lyricism in his playing that always flowed beautifully from his tenor saxophone with swing, blues, soul and even a little funk when needed in his phrasing. As every reviewer will say Hank did not have the big sound of John Coltrane but he sure was not airy fairy. Hank had great tone and he did have a great robust swinging sound as evidenced by this album from straight off the bat with four compositions Hank wrote and not a ballad amongst them, just great jazz of the swinging variety. The band is exceptional with the fairly new at the time "Grant Green",guitar, "Wynton Kelly",piano,"Paul Chambers",bass and "Philly Joe Jones" on drums. Hardly surprisng that "Wynton, Paul and Philly" were here as all playing with "Miles Davis" at this time with Hank doing tenor duties in the band as well. Every band member is right at the top of his game during this session with the rythmn section providing just that in one of the most vibrant manners that could you could wish for. Alfred Lion must have been jumping in the studio to this jazz workout.

The title is the first jazz, "Workout" with Philly first and Hank with the intro and the band comes in for the theme and things fly along with Hanks great lenghty solo, Grant follows on guitar with a jagged approach to start but flow quickly comes into his solo with Wynton next on piano. Philly has a shot on drums with a great result but even if he did not contribute one solo to this session he and Paul Chambers on bass shove, push and drive this album along with that superb timing and placement. This album is really a lesson for anyone contemplating how to play rythmn in jazz with these two masters of their respective instruments showing us how. 'Uh Huh" is next and one great snap on the kit Philly has for this groover with Hank and him doing the commencement.The theme is quickly stated but always returning to a reminder with Hanks great flowing solo. A touch of funk with this one in the rythmn. Grant Green was so good at this period in time and his solo is just another total groover. Wynton makes a great contribution as well with some beautiful placement and a lively solo. Paul Chambers also has a shot on bass with some great boppin' with his time. Another up tempo mover and groover in the blues style follows along and that is "Smokin" which exactly what this composition is. Hank lets you know right from the start and goes for another beauty on his tenor. Wynton Kelly is right on fire with this quick composition and Grant Green dishes out another great one with some quick skippy picking and Wynton is smokin'. The rythmn section of Paul and Philly are shoving them along with Paul Chambers timing and swing, perhaps jaw dropping is the best description for his playing on the whole album."The Best Things In Life Are Free" follows and is the only tune Hank did not write on the original release and is played with great feel. The last Hank composition is "Greasin' Easy" with blues and funk being the major mix and is another exceptional beautifully played tune with great stuff from the whole band. Even the bonus track,"Three Coins In a Fountain" swings.

One of Hank Mobley's best sessions and with the addition of Grant Green the album had a fairly unique approach for Hank. This one is a real gem from Blue Note and if you were to say "Soul Station" or "Workout"? I will take "Workout" because it is precisely what the title implies. Classic Swinging Jazz played as if it is a workout.

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