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Yeah, let’s cool out to the fine sounds of Mr. Hank Mobley:

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1 thelarmis   ~  Mar 5, 2010 7:40 pm

my man, Mobley! he's my favorite! thanks, Alex! : )

Soul Station is a classic and is widely considered his best album as a leader. it's pretty much only 1 of 2 albums he put out as a quartet. this came out in early 1960, after he spent about two years in jail, on drug charges. his first drug conviction of heroin possession, was 3 years before he ever even used the junk!

anyway, he came back hot on the trail and Soul Station marks the first of 4 records in a row that are looked at as his best period. all 4 have Wynton Kelly on piano and Paul Chambers (Mr. PC) on bass. 2 have Art Blakey and drums & 2 have Philly Joe Jones on drums. 2 also have Grant Green on guitar.

my favorite of the four, is Workout, the 3rd in this series. the 2nd album, Roll Call, is also absolutely amazing and includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet. i'm not a huge fan of the last record of this batch - Another Workout.

if you wanna check out some Hank, this is the place to start! classic Hard Bop at its absolute best!!!

2 thelarmis   ~  Mar 5, 2010 7:54 pm

ah, i guess Grant Green was only on 1 of these and Hank led 3 quartet records on Blue Note. i think the ice cream froze my brain!

either way, Hank Mobley, Hard Bop, Blue Note & the Bronx Banter, all RULE!!!

3 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Mar 5, 2010 11:41 pm

[2] thelarmis, I knew you'd be all over this post! Indeed, a great album (one of the few I have on vinyl, actually) and just a "classic" hard-bop sound.

I agree with you about "Workout" too, the cover of which, even for Blue Note, is just outstanding. Going to pull out my Grant Green & Wynton Kelly now as this got me in a hard-bop vibe!

4 thelarmis   ~  Mar 6, 2010 3:19 am

yeah man, Workout RULES! it's my favorite Hank Mobley, Hard Bop and Blue Note album. it's also, hands down, the best BN cover ever of all-time! i don't have a lot of these on vinyl either, but i have Workout framed and hanging in my hallway! i also have Soul Station on vinyl - still sealed! - from when they reissued & remastered it in 1997.

Blakey kicks ass on Soul Station, esp the solo on "This I Dig Of You". my trio played that tune for a minute, a few years back. but he's all over Roll Call. that album is under-appreciated - it's frickin' *amazing*!

Workout still wins!!! : )

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